Writing in the Harvard Business Review, William Treseder, founding partner at BMNT consultancy in Silicon Valley, suggests trying these strategies instead:
- Embrace your emotions – You might be upset, but that will subside.
- Don’t demonize – The person who gave you feedback cared enough to do so.
- Prioritize – Decide which parts of the feedback are worth tackling.
- Piggyback on a skill – Evaluate how you currently behave and identify a way to improve.
- Commit – Hold yourself personally accountable.
“When someone helps you identify your weaker areas,” says Treseder, “the habit of using their feedback to slingshot your growth will let you make huge strides over time.”
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