Friday, September 18, 2015

Are You Curious?

I find it curious that at times leaders shy away from being… curious. In an attempt to be a “strong leader” with all the answers, leaders can easily lose sight of the vital role curiosity has in any organization.

Walt Disney pointed out that “…curiosity leads us down new paths.” It provides a catalyst to explore, question, and grow. In the late 80’s Hewlett-Packard had an ad campaign that showed members of an IT team problem solving by using a simple question…”What if?”  Curiosity begs us to ask questions, to find solutions, to move forward. It’s a natural human instinct that we’re all born with, which Google has capitalized and made a fortune, for without curiosity what need would we have for a search engine?

How do you facilitate curiosity in your organization? Do you model curiosity or do you always have all the answers?  Just asking, as some of the greatest minds would suggest the only way to get right answers and to move forward is to constantly ask…What if…

Albert Einstein once said, “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” Isn’t that a curious statement?

Be good to yourself…

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