Leadership Link Round-Up

Photo by Comrade Foot

Photo by Comrade Foot

An old coworker of mine once told me that I am good at taking criticism.  I was shocked because taking criticism from others never feels easy, but I have found that receiving feedback is not something to avoid or fear.  In fact, learning to be comfortable with discomfort helps us to change and improve.  Below are some links related to criticism:

The Art of Taking Criticism Effectively - This post offers tips on how to listen to criticism without becoming defensive, argumentative,  or angry.  Depending on the situation, you might not always be able to arrive prepared since criticism can come at any time from anyone, but the rest of the tips still apply.

How to Take the High Road - Making excuses or criticizing someone back is not classy or productive in the long run.  Another good post on how to take criticism well.

The Art of Giving Effective Feedback - Sometimes you're on the other side and giving the criticism, so here are some pointers on how to be heard while being kind.

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.