Criticism has the power to do good when there is something that must be destroyed, dissolved or reduced, but it is capable of only harm when there is something to be built.
– Carl Jung
You don’t build self esteem by patting people on the back and telling them they’re wonderful. Confidence is a much more complex phenomenon that comes from experiencing one’s strengths in action.
– Rosabeth Moss Kanter
The point is not that you should always forgo weakness fixing. The point is that you should see it for what it is – damage control. Not development. Damage control can prevent failure, but it will never elevate you to excellence.
– Clifton and Buckingham