Chapter . Tip #8: Remember the Merits . . . Without the ''But''

Can you remember the last time you heard positives when you were criticized? Think about the last time you gave criticism; did you mention any positives?

Criticism is an evaluation of both merits and demerits, but the fact is that most people omit the merits when giving criticism, something you cannot do if you want to realize the power of positive criticism.

You may be one of those who believes that including some positives when you criticize is a simple way to soften the blow. To some extent, you are right. But there are several more important benefits of including the merits that help make criticism productive.

One is that it brings into awareness what the person is doing right, something ...

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