An article on Jony Ive, the head of design at Apple Computer, in the New Yorker Magazine from February 23, 2105 touches on how the late Steve Jobs gave constructive feedback:
“Jobs’s taste for merciless criticism was notorious; Ive recalled that, years ago, after seeing colleagues crushed, he protested. Jobs replied, `Why would you be vague?,’ arguing that ambiguity was a form of selfishness: `You don’t care about how they feel! You’re being vain, you want them to like you.’
Ive was furious, but came to agree. `It’s really demeaning to think that, in this deep desire to be liked, you’ve compromised giving clear, unambiguous feedback,’ he said. He lamented that there were `so many anecdotes’ about Jobs’s acerbity: `His intention, and motivation, wasn’t to be hurtful.`„
Steve Jobs. More German than American logic.