Recently on the Remarkable Leadership Podcast, an author named David Bodanis said this:
If you’re a bully, no one tells you the truth. If you listen without ego, you hear what’s going on.
When he said that, it struck a chord with me. I thought about it a lot. I know that I don’t always do it very well in every situation, but I wanted to talk about it here with you right now.
So let’s start with how does ego get in the way of our listening?
Well, first it can get in our way because we’re wanting to make our point. So we’re listening, but we’re really waiting for our chance to pounce back in. And we might even be interrupting when we’re doing that. So we’re interrupting because we got to make our point. We want to make it clear; we need to set them straight because we’re framing everything through our perspective. We heard something or we think we heard something, and now we need to get our point across. Ultimately, we’re making it about us. So listening with ego isn’t really listening at all.
So let’s stop and think about listening without ego, and see how this changes the conversation and our relationships.
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