"Is that the example you want to give Katie?" he asked. "Do you want her to feel guilty when she's doing nothing wrong?" The room got very quiet as I reached for a Kleenex. "Don't worry," Marshall said. "Everyone cries when I do this."
As you embark on changes large and small, try to keep your eyes on the prize and put a positive spin on setbacks. In other words, choose to change, and stick to it. Yet realize your very commitment is going to make it hard to hear negative feedback.
If you're facing transition and you are getting stuck in a mental debate among competing potential career options, focus your energy on getting offers. When you get real offers, you can make real decisions.
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner have been traveling the world for three decades now, constantly researching the practices of exemplary leadership and the qualities people look for and admire in the leaders they would willingly follow.
As a professional who relies on feedback as a tool for helping people change for the better, I would never disparage the value of it; however, I feel obligated to note that not all feedback is offered in good faith or in the most forgiving spirit!