Constructive criticism can be a positive tool when done correctly. When done properly, constructive criticism can propel your team towards the direction it needs to go to succeed. However, there are delicate techniques when giving constructive criticism and here are some ways to do that.
Think of Yourself
First of all, before you dive into your criticism, ponder the way YOU would appreciate receiving the feedback. Put yourself in the team’s shoes and consider your reaction.
Begin with Praise
Rather than jump into the criticism, you need to build up their self-esteem. Start your criticism off with a phrase like, “I really appreciate being able to work with you because as a team, I feel we work well together.” This will open their ears and encourage them to put their guard down.
Point out Specific Things Done Right
Let your team know exactly what you do appreciate about their efforts. Be heavy with praise on their strengths. It is important that you make them feel like valuable members of the team. When they feel valued, they will be open to hearing about ways that they can do better.
If possible, call everyone out by name with something positive they bring to the team. Consequently, it will motivate them to continue the job well done that they are doing and will encourage them to look for ways to improve.
Give the Criticism
Most importantly, the way you begin the criticism is vital. Therefore, consider beginning with something like, “I like the direction our team is headed, but I’ve been thinking of ways we can improve.” Another idea is, “It’s safe to say that we all have the same end goal in mind, so here are some ways I’ve been thinking we need to consider in order to reach that goal.” Consequently, this will keep their defense down because they will sincerely feel your reason for the criticism is to improve the situation rather than point fingers and blame.
How Can I Help?
Most of all, immediately following the criticism, ask the team or individual how you can help them accomplish the new direction you want them going. This makes it less like pointing fingers at others and more of a collaborative goal.
Wrap It Up
In conclusion, layer on more praise and wrap up by reminding the team what the goal is for the project, company, client, etc. Emphasize that it is a team effort and that you appreciate the variety of attributes each member brings to the table.
As a result, being able to constructively criticize someone is an important part of running a company or being part of a team. Don’t expect perfection in yourself or your team members. Be forgiving of mistakes and conscious of good effort. The way you present your criticism will have lasting consequences on your business.
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