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Nobody likes criticism

I’ll bet the fire chief and his top administrators did not enjoy hearing about a huge “no confidence” vote from members of the firefighters’ union. Obviously, Wichita firefighters don’t have a lot of love for their leaders.
I once worked at a company that surveyed all its employees on their perceptions of their supervisors. They responded anonymously and the human resources people shared that feed-back with those of us in supervisory positions, as well as our supervisors. I was not pleased with my people’s responses.
An old friend once told me never to ask for criticism because it invites people to look for the worst, which they always do. Some will insist that criticism is necessary for growth … that in order to improve we need to know our perceived weaknesses.
While I have answered such help by trying to get better over the years, I still don’t enjoy it. I believe about 99% of the criticism I receive is unhelpful. I try to avoid it, if possible.
Our thought for today is from Franklin P. Jones:
“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”

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05/07/2012 1:05AM
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