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Eleanor Roosevelt tells how to deal with criticism

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Every office has one, some have two and others have a plurality of them.

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Who are they?

Negative people.

Many of these negative people seem to need to boost their own self-esteem by damaging the self-esteem of their co-workers. They destroy morale as they puff up their ego by insulting other team members.

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, offered timeless advice to those with negative co-workers or family members.

“No one can make you feel small without your consent,” said Roosevelt.

As with anyone so prominent in the public eye Roosevelt was constantly the object of blunt negative and positive comments. An outspoken first lady she had to develop an attitude that would allow her to keep the negative press. Her answer was to simply ignore it.

Easier said than actually done, team members often are in a position where they need to evaluate comments by other team members or by other teams. If they make a positive contribution take the comment to heart. However if they are just hurtful with no redeeming value do not give someone else the power to make you feel inferior.

In an unusual twist, Eleanor Roosevelt had the same name before and after her marriage even though there was no familial relationship other than their marriage.

This is another installment of a series of motivational quotes providing information about the persons being quoted and the application to our daily life. It is based on material prepared by of Rochester Hills, Mich., and is intended as a tool for building the success of today’s business professionals. It is a ©2014 copyright by and used with their permission.

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