Don’t deny, defend, or dwell on negative feedback — unless you never want to improve your skills or advance your career.
When it comes to giving and receiving negative feedback, most of us would rather have a root canal. In fact, many of us are so uncomfortable with negative feedback that we’d rather not even call it “negative feedback”. We’d prefer to describe it as “developmental feedback”, “constructive feedback”, “corrective feedback”, etc. And we don’t just bristle against what we call it — we chafe against the feedback itself.