Executives are often poorly trained .for their role as counselors and coachers of others. However, if a man wants to move up into a position where he maximizes his human resources, then he must develop skills in the areas of interpersonal relationships. The executive is generally poorly equipped to play the role of a critic. He is energetic and driving. He has a tendency to see things that escape others and has little tolerance for sloppy work. In this article, guidelines are given which should help a mature executive to criticize without alienation, to be forthright without being caustic, and to be incisive without being abusive.