“Everyone likes humility, but no one wants to be humiliated.” – Caleb Anderson in Favor with Kings
Simple. Profound. Truth.
And it begs the question: How do I achieve humility while avoiding humiliation?
Part of the answer involves actively refusing to be defensive to counter ideas. Instead be curious and ask questions to gain more understanding of the other person’s ideas. This isn’t our natural tendency, especially in today’s culture.
Simply acknowledging that we may not have all the information or answers and allowing other ideas to bounce around in our minds opens doors to solutions and increases our trust with others.
We do not have to agree. However, we only grow and build work and personal relationships when we are willing to fully engage in dialogue of countering opinions.