5 keys to taking feedback like a badass

Gandalf and Saruman

No one likes to work with someone who refuses to take feedback. We’ve all worked with people like that—someone who’s determined that he/she is right and that others are wrong and that the work produced is without flaw or need of improvement at all, whatsoever. Period.

It’s not easy.

There was a period of two years during which I worked with two graphic designers who are absolute opposites when it comes to handling critique of their work.

Note: When I refer to these creative colleagues, I’m obviously not going to use their real names. So I’ll call them Gandalf and Saruman. Personal preference.

Watching them showed me their distinct approaches—and how to be better at taking feedback myself.

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5 keys to taking feedback like a badass

Gandalf and SarumanCube dweller or freelancer, how well you handle feedback affects your professional brand.

My ability to take feedback has always been one of my professional value props. (I grew up in an ‘honest’ family.) But these past few months, I’ve been working elbows to elbows with two graphic designers, who are polar opposites when it comes to handling critique on their work.

Watching these two in action side by side has given me some new pointers to up my feedback-taking game. And I’m happy to share them with you.

Note: When I refer to these creative colleagues, I’m obviously not going to use their real names. So I’ll call them Gandalf and Saruman. Personal preference.

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