Throughout September I have challenged the value of so-called Constructive Criticism. I have offered the value of dialogue as an alternative approach to performance and relationship improvement. The impact of criticism is far reaching and unproductive. For your consideration, I offer not just my view on the subject but that of a number of luminaries and their thoughts.
“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person–not just an employee–are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. This is true when they simply sit down and talk to them. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” —Anne M. Mulcahy
“I have spent a good many years since―too many, I think―being ashamed about what I write. I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
“Some people insist that ‘mediocre’ is better than ‘best.’ They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can’t fly. They despise brains because they have none.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel
“Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.” ― John Osborne
“Tis a strange calling!’ muttered Hawkeye, with an inward laugh, ‘to go through life, like a catbird, mocking all the ups and downs that may happen to come out of other men’s throats.” ― James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
“The trade of critic, in literature, music, drama and life in general, is the most degraded of all trades.” ― Mark Twain
“It is not my methodology to engage too much with critics for many reasons: – I honestly believe that my ego is not worthy of my having to defend it. There are far more important things in the ummah than me having to respond to critics. – By and large, criticism is a part of human life and nature and we have ourselves to accomplish more than just responding to what people say about us. – The best way to silence the speech of the critics it through the deafening noise of your own actions. – Criticizing is the job that requires zero qualifications.” ― Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi