Tip #665: Five Steps to Transform Anger

On April 11, 2017, Posted by , In communication, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #665: Five Steps to Transform Anger

“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems –not people; to focus your energies on answers –not excuses.”   William Arthur Ward

If we lose objectivity due to our anger, we lose control of ourselves and the situation. There are five steps we can take to transform our anger into something positive and constructive.

Step #1:    Disengage from the Situation

When we disengage, we focus on the results we want while we cool down.  We can either physically remove ourselves from the situation or take an emotional time out. Disengaging is not the same as withdrawal, which is in effect a power play that involves resisting the other person’s feelings. It is simply a way to keep defensiveness from escalating.… Read the rest

Tip #376: How to Provide Constructive Criticism

On May 23, 2011, Posted by , In communication, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #376: How to Provide Constructive Criticism

“Criticism should be a casual conversation. W. H. Auden

A win/win problem-solving model for providing constructive criticism can be used to effectively discuss and resolve disagreements in coaching, performance appraisal, conflict resolution, and general feedback sessions. This model is particularly effective for individuals who are uncomfortable expressing conflict, criticism, or anger.

There are three major reasons for the effectiveness of the following win/win problem-solving model. First, it begins with a supportive statement, which makes it easier to initiate the conversation. Second, it establishes a mutual problem- solving dialogue, which is a more comfortable form of communication. Third, it places the focus on the problem, which directs it away from the individuals involved.

1. Begin with a supportive or neutral Read the rest