Courageous Listening: Are You Open to Criticism?

I often hear people talk about the need for courageous conversations – those discussions that put a pit in your stomach. The ones that you lose sleep over. The ones you rehearse over and over in order to get each word right. And the ones that you probably avoid as much as possible. In some vernacular we call them “Courageous Conversations.” In Eklund Consulting-ese, we call it “Punching the Shark.” 

But I’ve been rethinking this notion a bit. Or a lot.