One radical idea that will change the way you interact with your coworkers

Shawn Kent Hayashi, of The Professional Development Group, is back! She last wrote an article back in 2010. She’s sharing great ideas on how to make the most of criticism at work.
One radical idea can transform workplace interactions
Here it is:
Criticism can be a form of cooperation.
Let’s face facts, criticism is at root of conflict. Conflict is something many people don’t want. Some people are more conflict-averse than others, so they avoid giving feedback that could help the team move forward. Others might be less afraid of conflict and react so strongly and negatively to criticism that their direct reports and colleagues are forced into silence.
Critique can be a problem at work. It doesn’t have the to be. It is essential to any company’s success. Superior leadership is characterized by the ability to listen and to criticize effectively. Why? All of us have blind spots. Criticism can help us correct any behavior that could otherwise hinder our ability to achieve.
Criticism can help you get to the better ideas faster
Craig is an example. Craig was a great manager but a terrible presenter. Craig’s presentations were too detailed, too long, and lacked focus. He also didn’t practice his talks and he often rambled. Craig’s boss knew that if Craig didn’t sit down and discuss his poor presentation skills, he wouldn’t be able to advance in his career.
Craig’s boss was able to give him the negative feedback he needed by seeing her as a co-worker in Craig’s professional growth.
Craig was able to see his boss as a partner in his professional development and he was able to take advantage of it.
Everyone involved in innovation understands the importance of criticism. It helps you get to the best idea faster.
Cathy and Derek work for a pharmaceutical company under pressure to deliver results in 6 months to a full year. Both researchers know that critiquing strategy, experiments, data and other factors daily is essential to achieving the best thinking. This will allow the company to move faster.
You can change the way you view a problem and open up new avenues for solving it. You can transform the way you see criticism as a source for conflict into a form of collaboration and your workplace interactions will be transformed.
Shawn Kent Hayashi, a business conversation expert, helps executives solve problems within their organizations, teams, or work groups. Hayashi shares her knowledge on communication, group dynamics and team building in her new book Conversations That Get Results and Inspire Collaborations.

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