Feedback Style: Rage Reviewer

Feedback Style: Rage Reviewer

Feedback Style - Rage Reviewer

Attributes of a Rage Reviewer

Angry – Unstable – Dismissive – Self-Righteous – Intelligent – Cunning

Who is the Rage Reviewer?

To a Rage Reviewer, everything is wrong – even if it was right last time. You’ll usually get a “Why is it like this?!” comment. These folks don’t have to scream or yell, but their words do. The comments on your work are full of sharp jabs, cutting remarks, and heated phrases.

Sadly, Rage Reviewers can be the most knowledgeable people to collaborate with on a project. Still, they are so anxious about what is wrong with the idea that they blow it up instead. As a result, they miss the opportunity to add their insight and content to a project, choosing instead to belittle the creator.

What To Do If You Are A Rage Reviewer

First, thank you for even accepting that maybe you are a Rage Reviewer. It takes a lot of self-awareness to see this in yourself. High five!

Being a Rage Reviewer is exhausting. It takes so much energy to change everything your team creates and hold so much angst at work. It might feel good to finally let loose in giving feedback, but it’s a lot of emotional labor.

Rage Review can also happen when you are disappointed in a teammate or employee and want them to perform better. Every manager has the opportunity to be a Rage Reviewer with an employee who isn’t good at their job. Deal with that HR issue and get back to a Kind Collaborator style. Do it before it consumes you with anger toward the whole team.

This style of feedback was common in past generations of workers. The leaders accepted it before you, and it’s still accepted in many fields and workplaces. However, acceptance doesn’t make it right.

Expressing anger at work isn’t productive. It’s not radical candor or transparency. It’s unhealthy. No one wants to work with someone who makes them feel afraid. Fearful people shut down and don’t produce as well as people who feel trusted to do their job.

Examine why you get so worked up about giving feedback. Does it trigger something from your past? Do you need to feel ownership over a situation to ensure it gets done to your standard? Do you need to address other stressors in your life so you won’t express your feelings about them unconsciously at work? Is your team not giving you enough time to contribute to or reflect on the work? All these things can cause someone to get angry about a project.

If you are a Rage Reviewer, read the Kind Collaborator chapter to see what elements of that style you can work on first. For example, maybe you can try to find time for a thoughtful review. Block out time on your calendar to ensure you are focused and not distracted. Or perhaps it’s working on giving the feedback sandwich – nice thing, change a thing, nice thing. Try incorporating one step of Kind Review at a time until you feel less angry about reviewing.

If you see yourself in this style, it’s an opportunity for self-reflection. Determine why you get so worked up about feedback and how you can better manage that energy. This book can help create a healthy creative process that ensures everyone has the time for Kind Review.

How to STOP Being a Rage Reviewer

  • If you have an HR problem with a team member, take care of the root problem.
  • Realize that expressing anger at work isn’t productive.
  • It is your job to help an idea get to great; add your knowledge, not your emotion.
  • Incorporate parts of the Kind Collaborator style one at a time.

Unlock Your Team’s Creative Potential with the Kind Review Method!

Acceptance of your Feedback Style is the first step to creating a kind workplace. Great job!

Now the real work begins. Order your copy of Kindly Review to learn how to unleash the creative power of your team. Learn all the Feedback Styles, and get a step-by-step process to complete your creative work in just 2 rounds of feedback. For real. It’s powerful stuff.

Being Kind Boss is the key to increased productivity and greater employee satisfaction. Kindly Review will get you the skills to lead with kindness.

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Kate Runy


A passionate technical wizard, Kate thrives on managing online content, social media for communications, and development projects.  Kate is the workhorse of the team, pulling out amazing feats of content creation and management week in and week out. 

Prior to joining BC/DC Ideas, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Go Global NC and Alzheimer’s NC.

Things that make her happy: I love animals about as much as I love working for nonprofits.

Mishel Gomez Cespedes


Mishel brings a passion for video storytelling and quippy social media content to the team.  At BC/DC Ideas, she is most likely editing video or scheduling the next moving social media post for our clients.

Her ear for storytelling is her greatest asset. Mishel has a unique ability to assemble content into a concise story that moves audiences to action.

A graduate of Wake Forest University she spent a semester in Spain and years serving her community through the campus organizations. Now, she is putting her passion for good to work.

Brian Crawford

creative director

Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. A natural problem-solver, Brian’s ability to cut to the core of any problem helps guide our creative team to the correct solution without wasted time or money. It’s the core, this little nugget of truth, that helps our clients take the next step with their audiences.

Brian gets the greatest joy out of helping our clients realize and connect with their story. He is a true believer that everyone and every organization has a compelling story to tell, you just have to listen with an open heart.

Things that make him happy: Hanging out at the park with family, toddler-speak, hitting the focus pull, and good coffee.

Dawn Crawford


The engine behind BC/DC Ideas, Dawn has dedicated her career to good. Dawn brings her considerable experience and expertise to helping elevate the nonprofit sector. Our team’s lead strategist, Dawn is often seen leading our IdeaStorms, penning communications plans, or checking in with clients.

Before launching BC/DC Ideas in 2010, she earned her chops in 10+ years of communications leadership roles for public health, healthcare and youth-focused nonprofits. Working for nonprofits is Dawn’s dream job, and she loves that her 40+ hours a week make the world a better place.

Things that make her happy: A glass of champagne to celebrate big wins, Basecamp, living in the South, seeing the world, and a well-formatted spreadsheet.