It’s so easy to get caught in your own echo chamber.
When someone says something critical about you it’s hard to listen too. It’s hard to swallow your pride and simply listen. I know, I’ve had to train myself to do it more effectively and it’s something that I still work on.
But doing it can pay huge dividends.
Recently when having these types of conversations I’ve tried to “become a neutral party”. In other words I pretend that I’m not me. I know that sounds strange but it gives me the objectivity and patience to be able to listen fully to what is being said.