Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Workplace critics: casting a cloak of dread
Although this post is not directly related to IT, we've all had to deal with workplace critics, those "nattering nabobs of negativisim" who, for political or personal reasons, cast a cloak of dread over new ideas, innovations, and the normal process of organizational evolution. This is not about thoughtful people genuinely offering constructive criticism. Art Perry, in his Management Excellence blog, recently wrote this great post on how to deal with those negative types in Leadership Caffeine: Coping with Workplace Critics. Coincidentally, my 26-year-old daughter, a middle-school teacher, recently had to deal with such an individual and, without having read Art's post, used several of his techniques. I'm still going to send it to her.