Thursday, January 19th, 2017
As children, anything sparks our curiosity. The box intrigues as much as the gift, and the scenery outside a car window can enchant for hours. We seek to know, and we engage in the essential activity for finding out. We question.
Asking questions—and lots of them—is the only way to get to a workable solution to any problem, and it’s the best way to build trust and rapport.
Nowadays, success is less about having all the answers and more about wondering and questioning. Curiosity can inspire us to continually seek out the fresh ideas and approaches needed to keep pace with change and stay ahead of competitors.
That notion is not entirely new, of course. Decades ago, Walt Disney declared that his company managed to keep innovating “because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” These days, a leader’s primary occupation must be to discover the future. It’s “a continual search,” requiring to keep exploring new ideas—including ideas from other industries or even from outside the business world.
To acknowledge uncertainty by wondering aloud and asking deep questions carries a risk: the leader may be perceived as lacking knowledge. The curious, questioning leaders overcome this risk because they had a rare blend of humility and confidence: They were humble enough to acknowledge to themselves that they didn’t have all the answers, and confident enough to be able to admit that in front of everyone else.
Summing-up: Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.