Difficult Personalities: The Criticizer

The Solution

A Criticizer likes to give negative feedback, but he is rarely is specific. Ask him for examples, evidence, or his reasoning for disagreeing. Emphasize that you want to incorporate his concerns to make the project as good as possible.

You must be persistent and not give up. He will find it hard to come up with examples or to explain his criticisms. When you ask for details about what he is saying he will often back down with an unproductive criticism.

All along, you emphasize that you value his opinion and want to understand his concerns. You say this as politely as possible. Eventually, he'll see that it's too much work to criticize you, because you always press him for more information. Information, that he can't give.

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Excerpted from Managing Workplace Negativity by Gary Topchik, published by AMACOM Books

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