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Nice Performance, Although Your Sister Did Better

Nice Performance, Although Your Sister Did Better

A lot of us receive “compliments” that begin with, “Although I doin’t agree with you all the time, your recent article (podcast, video, etc.) was right on target.”

Everything before the comma is a passive aggressive statement, undermining the compliment before you even get to it! And for you to be “right on target” means that the critic has to agree with your position.

The real intellectuals are the ones who, agree or not agree, say, “Thanks for making me think about this important point.” Their ego isn’t involved in giving someone else credit or praise, as if they are the standard of quality.

Passive-aggressive behavior is a pattern of indirectly expressing negative feelings instead of openly addressing them. It’s a negative personality disorder. Don’t let these subtle (or not-so-subtle) critiques undermine you. They say far more about the weakness of the sender than the strength of your message.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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