Picture someone you really look up to — someone who goes beyond an important mentor, someone you idolize as very talented or successful in your field, perhaps the person you wish you could grow up to be.
Got someone in mind?
Now imagine getting an opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with that person. Not just an “I love your work” passing handshake, but really discussing meaningful matters.
Would you rather:
A. Have this person tell you you’re great, offering affirmation and encouragement that you’re on the right path?
B. Have this person give you constructive criticism about how you could improve?
Which do you choose and why?
Have you had an opportunity for one or the other or both?
I have some thoughts about the pros and cons of each but will hold them until you’ve had a chance to weigh in, so I don’t lead the witness.