Something to Think About

Critiquing and criticizing have their place. When properly used, critiquing and criticism make something better. They focus on the issue and not the person. When critiquing and criticism are aimed at a person, they are counterproductive. They often create a hostile situation where lines are drawn. The person being criticized becomes defensive and seeks to defend him/herself. The more important issues are replaced with angry responses. This happens on multiple levels seldom leading to productive ends. Another way is to collaboratively examine issues. It’s hard work and takes longer, in the end, agreements are more likely reached. Difference makers do the hard work! Three cheers for difference makers.

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