Positive criticism is feedback that creatively explores merits as opposed to focusing on negatives. It can be used where negatives are obvious such that pointing them out is uninspiring and uninsightful. The following are illustrative examples.
Knowledge of performance is performance feedback that is independent of results. This can be positive when results are a failure. For example, a tennis coach might point out the strength of an athlete's performance when they lose a match and point a way forward to improvement.
Motivation & InfluencePositive criticism can be used as a leadership technique to motivate, influence and help people to develop. For example, a leader who looks for the non-obvious merits of people. When they discover something they communicate it to the person and others to build the person up.
Communicating things that need to change without communicating negative information that is likely to be poorly received. For example, a manager who notices an employee is always late for meetings might ask the person plainly to be on time going forward without reviewing negative performance such as "I've noticed you're always late."
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