How Do You Deal with Criticism?

Last Updated Sep 5, 2007 12:01 PM EDT

rage.jpgDo you get mad? Pour yourself a stiff drink? Take it out on someone else? Handle it with grace and charm? (Yeah, sure you do.) Nobody likes getting criticized, but it happens to the best of us -- and how you cope with it can make a huge difference in your workday world. offers seven tips on dealing with criticism, starting with valuing it:
The problems is that quite often, we only value praise. When people speak kind words we feel happy. When people criticise we feel miserable. However, if we only received insincere praise and false flattery, how would we ever make progress? If we wish to improve and develop we should invite constructive criticism and appreciate their suggestions.
The author also suggests putting a smile on your face (even if it's a fake one), taking time before you respond, and remembering not to take it personally. I'll admit I have a lot of trouble with this last suggestion, but that's just me and my issues. How do you handle being on the receiving end of criticism? I'd love to hear your thoughts: Click the Comments link at the top of the post and share them! Photo by Scootie.
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