Criticism as a Tool for Growth

“The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

As a business owner, it’s necessary to understand how to handle professional and personal criticism in the work place. Genuine reflection can use criticism as a basis for improvement and remember having professional success doesn’t always include only positive feedback. There will always be critics, and the way you handle the information will convey a lot about your character and courage as a leader.

Be open to listen to what others might think when you’re trying something new and always consider the motivations of the source. Business owners rarely have a successful business plan handed to them. Only through strategic planning and trial and error can we learn to create success.

We all know that criticism can be uncomfortable and make us become defensive. Instead of firing back a response, listen to understand what someone else has to say without resentment. Always be willing to take in new information without focusing on the criticism itself. This marks leadership as a process.

The response to criticism is to usually take it too personally. Take a step back and respond to criticism at a time where you feel confident in your strategy and accept criticism as a way of learning about how the public perceives you. Never let a simple comment get in the way of your business and success.

Kelly D. Scott
Vistage Florida
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