6.01.2005

TIP: Criticize without trace

For someone (like myself) who hates to criticize others, but have to do at times, the idea of "it's the thought that counts" could really help.

Instead of criticizing the person directly, rephrase your words in questions, like "do you know what team work is?". Hopefully these questions would get him thinking. Then ask him to do the same to another poor performer, giving him the impression that it's the other guy you are after.

Not convinced? The joke below may help.

At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?" The little boy nodded yes.

"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?" The little boy nodded yes.

"So," the coach continued, "when a strike is called, or you are out at first, you don't argue or curse or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?" Again, the boy nodded yes.

"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to your mother."

Do you think the boy would walk away not thinking a bit more about teamwork?

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