Constructive Criticism
This is my site Written by Alora on July 20, 2006 – 1:43 pm

One of the benefits of being good at what I do is that I’m used to being praised and commended. Since I began my career, I’ve never had any boss take issue with my work. I’ve had personality conflicts with some, but they were never about the quality of the work I actually performed.

I recently realized that the thing that tends to cause me to get upset with my current boss is that he does frequently find fault in the way I perform my job. Once I started analyzing that more carefully, I realized that I get upset with him because he’s challenging me and not because he’s wrong. What’s even more frustrating, is that often times, upon reflection, I realize that his points are valid.

Even more ironically, he has been particularly complimentary recently, which I was taking as a sign of which I should be wary, because I had convinced myself that his history of criticism was an indication that he didn’t like me. Now that I see a few things differently, I realize that he does actually probably like me, he does actually respect me and my abilities, but the reason that he pushes on me is because he sees a lot of potential in me that I haven’t hit yet.

I still get pissed off when he corrects me — there is very little I hate more than that. But it is good to know that other people hear very positive things about me from him and when the occasion presents itself, he is actually very complimentary.

I’ve just never really had a boss who MANAGED me before, and so I am wholly unused to it. I guess we’ll have to see how it goes.