Criticism & Learning How To Deal With It

One thing that is a certain in life, along with those old favourites, death and taxes, is criticism! CEO’s and entrepreneurs are likely to be in for criticism picmore than their fare share of it too, so it is paramount that you learn how to deal with it effectively if you want to succeed.
For me, the first step towards effectively dealing with criticism is the identification process. There are many different types of criticism and these in turn demand different reactions. In some instances, criticism that comes your way is no more than sour grapes, jealousy or bitterness. This type of criticism does not require much action, but it is important to identify it and recognise it for what it is so that it does not cause insecurities or in the worst case scenario, mean that you end up making changes to a successful formula. If properly identified, this type of criticism can be useful too however, because you can look at yourself and your business model and understand that you are doing something right!
Another type of criticism is that which comes your way because of a fundamental difference in opinion. I use the example of staff management to illustrate this; some managers encourage staff to work hard for them by means of showing compassion, understanding, leading by example and mutual respect. Other types of managers prefer the means of fear and strict discipline to get the best from their teams. I prefer the first option, but someone who is a hardline believer in the second type of management I described wouldn’t agree and therefore may criticise my methods. Whilst I would listen to their argument in case any valid points were raised, I would not be swayed from my chosen technique as I believe that this is the most effective way of managing people and creates a much healthier, happier working environment for all. Therefore it is important to recognise that some criticism may come your way because of such massive gulfs in philosophy and it is important to see them as this, rather than as a sign that you need to make changes that are probably unnecessary and could be very detrimental to your business.
Then there is constructive criticism coming from those who have your best interests at heart and know what they are talking about. It is incredibly important to be able to listen to people point out flaws in your system without letting it make you feel downhearted or depressed. You should be able to take these points, reflect on them and use them as inspiration and direction to make the kind of changes that will help enable and facilitate your success.