Criticism: The act or art of analyzing and evaluating or judging the quality of a literary or artistic work, musical performance, art exhibit, dramatic production, etc. (Dictionary.com)
I remember at time early in my career where I was heading up a project for our organization. The project was product launch for a particular vendor. It was my first launch with this particular organization and although I was a bit nervous I thought I was handling it well. I was monitoring forecasts. I was holding weekly meetings with the department heads, to make sure everything was progressing smoothly, and I was keeping the customer abreast of the status. All in all I was proud of myself and how well things seemed to be going.
We were only about 3 weeks into the 8 week project and suddenly the bomb dropped. For 2 days straight, each time I turned around there was another colleague giving me suggestions, criticizing my project management, my notes, forecasts…my EVERYTHING! My pride flew out the window faster than you can imagine! I felt completely defeated.
With Criticism Comes Choice
At the end of the day I sat back and looked at all of the feedback everyone had provided. At that moment, I knew I had a choice. I could be obstinate and continue doing what I was doing, wrong or right, or I could take advantage of their wisdom and experience and change my actions to become better. I chose the latter.
So I compiled all of the feedback and pieced it together, as best as possible. What resulted was a product launch that went off without a hitch, and a group of people who had bought into the program, as well as me as the new National Sales Analyst, because I listened to their advice and learned what served them best. In all actuality they were the ones doing all the heavy lifting anyway!
Advice, Criticism, Feedback: Call it what you want: but I want Yours!
Criticism has such a negative connotation these days. When I was young I was taught that criticism was something that helped you sharpen your skills. Well I am firm believer in the theory that we can get better, do better, be better in anything we do.
If we first acknowledging our weaknesses and being intentional about strengthening ourselves in those areas. As I am still fairly new to blogging and putting my thoughts out there into the digital world, I need your feedback! I am asking you to take a moment and provide me with some feedback, either in the comments below or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Did you like my mini series on Common Core so far? Did you prefer recipes, or posts about self love? Let me know how you think I am doing, if there is anything I can improve, or if there are any particular topics that you would like to read about.
Thank you whole-heartedly!
From Stephanie @ Family Flux