There is a stigma in our society that we only are friends with people who make us laugh and cry. We’d rather befriend people who have drinks with us, remember our birthdays, and know when something is wrong without our needing to say anything.
But you know who you should also befriend? Your critics.
I’m fond of telling organizations who question whether they should allow negative comments on their blogs that their questioning is faulty. The critic should be friended. The critic is the one who questions the status quo and forces you to rethink the decision you made, causes you to question whether you made the decision for the right reason. At the end of the day, if you’re making all the right decisions and have nothing to hide, then the critic won’t find fault with you.
Fact is, you will always have critics looking over your shoulder and hiding under your bed. Your critics are not scary. Your critics are proof that you are doing something good.
Seek out your critics and befriend them. Invite them to the next press conference, connect with them on LinkedIn, and let them add comments on your blog.
If you don’t have any critics, if you don’t have anyone questioning the actions you take, then you’re doing something wrong.