Your feedback style can be helpful or it can inadvertently do more harm than good.

At some point we’re all faced with offering someone negative feedback. If it’s not received well, you’ll have to undo the damage.  But you can avoid any harmful effects by carefully planning and thinking through your approach.

I believe constructive criticism is knowing when someone is ready to hear the truth, but harmful criticism means you are not compassionately assessing the other party’s state of being.

Thirteen members of the Forbes Coaches Council, including me, were asked how to spot the difference between feedback that’s helpful and criticism that’s hurtful. From knowing what you want to achieve, to understanding if you’re offering an actionable solution, we discuss 13 ways to assess your feedback style.

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