Advice: Meaning Of “Praise By Name, Criticize By Category”

Hello Everyone!

How is your Friday going today!? I have another quiet mood on my jobsite today. I can’t really bitch about the weather here in New York City. Well, I technically can but I won’t today. For this blog post, I’m sharing with you another piece of Quora advice that is a rather unique to me. This subject is on the metaphor known as, “praise by name, criticize by category”. Have you ever heard this phrase being uttered before? I know I have not ever heard it in my life. It appears to be a veiled way of delivering a message. I know most people do not like private much less public confrontations at all. Therefore, they craft ways to get out the message yet have it veiled as a blanket statement. As a straight shooter who is very used to people who speak their minds rather directly, this is a sissy move to me. I’m used to dudes cursing at each other, fix the problem, and keep it moving while at work. God knows my own father was an ultra dictator when he didn’t like how shit was being done. I would get my ass chewed up one side and down the other. However my experiences, I do respect and acknowledge that not all folks are cut from the same cloth. We all have different learned ways of addressing issues. Therefore, I understand that different approaches are super necessary. Many people cannot take on feedback and respond with rage and violence. I know that when it comes to offering work performance feedback, it’s not worth getting into a fist fight during a tussle with a disgruntled worker. Some people wake up and choose violence. I agree with you that I’m not about that life. Therefore, I do understand why these strategic forms of delivery are needed in the professional world. I did Google the phrase, after I wrote the advice post, and found out that Warren Buffett is the originator of the phrase. Apparently, the goal of the phrase is to say that you should praise an individual since that can have a lasting impact. The individual will take pride in the compliment and will work harder since they are being recognized for their good work. However, it’s undesirable to throw a person under the bus for when bad things that happen. I would imagine that singling out a person is a morale killer for the rest of the group. The group would pose the question that, since one guy is getting singled out today, who is getting singled out tomorrow? Calling a single person out in a public setting amongst the group is not a good idea at all ever!! Let me know if you have ever had to approach a co-worker in either a public or private manner down in the comment section below? If you disagree with my interpretation, let me know how you would interpret it? I would be very interested in your take especially if it is the total opposite of mine. Please read the posed question and my response down below:

POSED QUESTION:

“What is the meaning of the phrase “praise by name, criticize by category”?”

By Rose Anne Campbell

MY RESPONSE:

“I interpret that phrase to advise a person build a person up individually and criticize in bulk and to not target an individual with criticism. Sometimes if you constantly criticize someone, they will quit trying at some point or stop listening to the feedback. If you criticize a category, it could be a polite way to give feedback to the individual under the pretense that it is for the group. It may be a slick way to get feedback in while not intending to single a person out. Many people are not fond of confrontation. It’s a slick way to deliver the message without facing confrontation. Hopefully, the person will take the hint that it’s geared for their ears. Good luck with those ventures. #ConstructionTales #VerballyDisastrous”

By Leslie M. Jasper

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-meaning-of-the-phrase-praise-by-name-criticize-by-category/answer/Leslie-Jasper-3?prompt_topic_bio=1

I very much appreciate you diverting from your regular tasks/duties to read my blog post today. Let me know your thoughts on my interpretation? How would you handle a boss who opts to publicly embarrass you? I’m interested in hearing some wild work/personal stories on this topic. I’m aware that I’m not holding on to the best answer. I’m only offering a viewpoint that may not have been previously considered. Let me know your take down in the comment section below since other opinions are encouraged and embraced here on my website/blog. I’m sharing my latest (8) podcast episodes that come from The Verbally Disastrous Podcast, via links for Spotify & YouTube down below. If you read a Kindle, check out my newest short story release that belongs to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library short story series on Amazon down below. This new short story #11 is entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. The previous short story is #10 is entitled, “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. If anyone has read any of my other previous short stories, by all means, let me know what you think? Check out the links for my book #ConstructionTales down below. I’m here at work bored so I’m delivering some reading content to you. Have a great Friday since we are about to enjoy another fabulous weekend. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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Verbally Disastrous! Season #2, Episode #46: Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice On YouTube:

Verbally Disastrous Podcast! S#2, Ep. #47: Part A- Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools on YouTube:

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I recently shared my latest short story that has been loaded up to my Construction Tales-Told By A Woman Kindle Vella Library on Amazon. This is short story #11 entitled, “Juggling Motherhood & Working With The Tools”. This short story covers my life as a widowed, single mother in the era when I juggled both motherhood and my career as a journeywoman electrician. I share the various challenges I faced and lessons learned along the way. The previous short story is entitled: #10: “Early Life Lessons & Characters To Meet As An Apprentice”. I decided to write about some life lessons such as guarding your personal information, managing nasty rumors, combating sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and racism. Overall, the construction culture has improved dramatically over the past 25-years. Developing both a thick skin and a sharp tongue are key tools needed to survive various jobsite antics. I hope you learn something from this short story. There are more to come. These short stories are now also available as Verbally Disastrous podcast episodes.

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Cheers!
Leslie M. Jasper

-Author And Host of the #VerballyDisastrous podcast now alive on many platforms that include: Acast, Amazon Music, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Deezer, Google Podcasts, I Heart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pandora Podcasts, Player FM, Pocket Casts, Pod Bean, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Podcast Gang, Radio Public, Reason, Soundcloud, Soundtrap, Spotify, Stitcher, Tune In, and YouTube.

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