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examples of handling difficult criticism [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 08:57
I am writing Tuck essay that is asking the following question:
Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?

I'm on my second hour thinking of what this could be. Either I am a choir boy or no one has ever cared enough to set me on the right path Whatever the case, but for the love of big bang theory I can't seem to find any inspiration for this essay.

Has anyone written on this topic? Did you use professional or personal experience? How significant should it be?
How about receiving an F grade in school and getting ass whooping from your parents (we're talking 1st or 2nd grade) and never getting another bad grade again, could that be extrapolated into a meaninful story?
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 10:02
Sorry, I don't know your background and I'm definitely not an expert at writing essays, but I come away with these two thoughts:

- You want to use something recent, to demonstrate how you take criticism today as you will ultimately be getting some in b-school.
- It's a red flag that you haven't received any constructive criticism, even if you're a rock star. You haven't received any performance reviews with areas to improve? Keep in mind that the criticism doesn't necessarily need to be "you're bad at this," it could be "you're good at this, but you can be even better."

If you fail to use a significant recent (after high school) example, then Tuck may incorrectly interpret that as 1) you ignore feedback or 2) you don't ask for feedback. Dig deep here...if you can't find a good work example, then maybe personal criticism (from friends or family) may be relevant - if you translate it back into how it impacted your career trajectory.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 10:37
Thanks usc, great feedback, saved me alot of time writing about something that schools will not perceive relevant today. the problem is I work for a very small business and the employee hierarchy is pretty much flat. every year bonus time the partners have been been nothing but thankful of time and devotion every employee puts in to allow the company to survive and grow. but I will dig deeper like you have suggested. for example as the company matured I have been asked to expand my responsibilities, perhaps I should've done that without special notification, etc. Thanks!
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Re: examples of handling difficult criticism [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 10:42
Nsentra wrote:
How about receiving an F grade in school and getting ass whooping from your parents (we're talking 1st or 2nd grade) and never getting another bad grade again, could that be extrapolated into a meaninful story?


I think its too old of a story. I'd pick something at work that you've learned from.

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Re: examples of handling difficult criticism [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 10:52
Rhyme=> :writer
Thanks buddy!
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Re: examples of handling difficult criticism [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2007, 18:31
Nsentra wrote:
Rhyme=> :writer
Thanks buddy!


No problem. Hope it gives you an idea.

In my case, its also a true story.
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