Breaking Bad Habits: Constructive Criticism and Continual Improvement

April 27, 2017

Excerpt from "Breaking Bad Habits," by Margery Weinstein of Training Magazine

Matt Rizai, Chairman and CEO of Workiva notes that bad workplace habits can poison the work environment. Combined with a lack of professional development can be costly to any organization, not only in dollars, but also in time and a decrease in quality of life. “We encourage our managers and teams to implement a culture of collaboration," said Rizai. "This not only fosters an environment of innovation, it also reinforces the idea that teams with a shared purpose and sense of responsibility will be able to work together to improve efficiencies and identify areas of improvement right at the source.”

Understanding yourself, and the areas where you most need to improve, can be a first step to forming better habits. The trick is being able to critique yourself, and your employees, in a productive way that doesn’t demoralize. “I continuously work to improve myself, which sometimes can lead to self-criticism,” added Rizai. “I combine constructive criticism with my experience and past success to guide strategic decision-making to achieve my goals.”

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