with Terry Siebert
I once heard that the definition of constructive criticism is when I criticize you. Anything in my direction is unacceptable. At the same time, there are many situations where constructive (not destructive) criticism by a manager is vital to the performance improvement of another. A poor attempt at giving criticism usually makes the situation worse. One survey of retail employees showed that inept criticism was the number one complaint respondents noted about their managers.