Okay, I think I am going to set the cat among the pidgeons here. But anyway - feel free to discuss: https://hbr.org/2013/04/the-sandwich-approach-undermin/ Why the 'sandwich' approach in giving critique does not work. I must say, I agree. I have received numerous critiques till now, and I - by far - prefer if someone tells me straight out what does not work and not try to sugarcoat. But that may be just me. I didn't post this here because I think just saying straight out works for all people, but it sure works for me.