If I Were Running A Company…Constructive Criticism

Here is an article about a University of Central Florida professor calling out his students or writing and editing this story. It was terrible he lashed out in public, but the bigger crime was the lede of the original story.

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For that reason, you understand the anger from the professor. However, as a professor, he should have made suggestions or give proper protocol.

The story went viral because of the openness from the professor, but what struck me is why he was angry when he’s the one teaching his students. If you look at the comments section, there were some people teaching how to do the lede. It could be the writer went on his own, the student didn’t pay enough attention in class, or the professor was a bad teacher. We don’t know the answer, but would be nice if we know all sides if the story.

This is where constructive criticism comes in. Let’s be clear, constructive criticism is not intended to be one-sided, it should be covering all angles. People assume when you criticize, there should be a right way and a wrong way and some instances, and for some instances, they might be right. However, what criticism is telling what you did and how to improve it. Criticism looks at multiple sides to give a different perspectives so the person can understand and get it.

We all know the lede was bad and he deserved to be ridiculed, but if you want to improve in your profession, look at all sides and see what you did right and what you did wrong. Hopefully, the student learned that lesson and maybe the professor too.

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