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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Criticizing Your Manager

Are you dreaming, a post about criticizing management? Yes, you can safely and successfully criticize your management.

In an article on, titled "Criticise a middle manager today – they can handle it!" the author states that middle managers are some of the toughest out there.

From the article,

"Middle managers may also be owners who head small businesses and require the capacity to handle frequent criticism or rejection, to work through tough negotiations and to build credibility by remaining even-tempered," he (PsyMax Solutions chief executive Dr Wayne Nemeroff)added.

It makes sense. Middle managers have to deal with peers, superiors, and subordinates, not to mention customers. In short, they get kicked around lot. What does that mean for you?

If your manager is doing something that could be improved, or just really annoys you, make an appointment to address the issue. Remember to be honest, candid, but also polite. Provide a reason for the manager to change. I criticized my manager for taking on work that I should have been doing. I framed it by saying it took away from my managers time to solve bigger problems, as well as it displayed an unintentional lack of confidence in me.

Because I was honest, sincere, and frank, he changed. Things have been better since.

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