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Cooperating well with others means being comfortable with feedback—both giving it and receiving it. Opening channels of response, in both directions, is often the key to a successful endeavor.

No matter how much confidence we have in our own opinions, we can all benefit from views expressed by others. Both in and out of the workplace, knowing how to gather feedback is often a significant factor in attaining success. However, you must be prepared to have your own ideas criticized—even, at times, demolished.

Taking it well

Neurological evidence suggests that we’re wired to fear criticism.There’s even some research to suggest that negative comments ...

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