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No more ‘constructive criticism,’ says leadership expert

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“We must declare a worldwide ban on the phrase ‘constructive criticism’; it’s a true oxymoron,” argues Dr. Tim Irwin, author of EXTRAORDINARY INFLUENCE: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Others. A leading authority on leadership development, he points to recent research showing that the right kind of positive affirmation sets in motion huge positive changes in the brain. On the other hand, he says, criticism creates just the opposite neural reaction.

Business Management Daily: Could you talk a little about the research into the brain’s self-defense reactions when we’re criticized, and why they overwhelm the praise that might follow?

Dr. Irwin: Even the brains of the most confident among us are constantly scanning the environment and asking, “Am I safe?” We do not typically face physical threats in our work settings, but we constantly face “emotional threats”—criticism from our boss, sniping fr...(register to read more)

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