If there was one characteristic that could improve every aspect of your life, what would it be?
Curiosity, problem-solving and learning
“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers” Voltaire
Whether you’re trying to save the world, lead a brilliantly successful team (or organisation), inspire your kids to love learning or merely to reach up and grab that mobile above your cot- we spend a large part of our lives solving problems.
Fortunately, we’re hard-wired to be problem solvers (and learn). We are innately drawn to explore and discover, to innovate and experiment and to persist until we get whatever may be tickling our fancy. Curiously, it also seems that many of our assumptions actively blunt this ability. Rather than developing courageous explorers (disrupters) who use questions to shed light on the unknown, we reward well-behaved people who don’t question authority and who think answers are more important than questions.
Increasingly, curiosity is being seen as a core attribute of effective leadership.
Cultivating curiosity can provide the key to almost everything—for you, your family or your organisations. Curiosity is a catalyst for exploration, discovery, creativity, problem solving, learning and engagement.
"Computers are useless- all they do is provide answers!” Pablo Picasso
Curiosity improves learning, memory and performance. Curious people tend to be more tolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty, more playful, creative and optimistic and less defensive or judgmental.
Claiming we could teach curiosity would be like suggesting you need us to train you how to breathe! Curiosity is instinctive, encoded into our DNA like other attributes to maximise our chances of survival. From our earliest fumbling’s we’re programmed to explore our surrounds, make discoveries, learn and adapt. Children don’t need to be taught how to learn.
So why then do we have so much difficulty in getting adults to learn, not to fear mistakes, to adapt with change and be self-motivated to learn continuously?
We believe many of our parental, educational, managerial and political assumptions smother our innate curiosity. We have found that the key to developing Engaged, Agile and Innovative cultures is to cultivate curiosity. To peel back the assumptions that veil it so our innate curiosity can flourish enabling people to re-discover their child-like wonder and desire to understand and master.
At Curiousmind we cultivate curiosity as a springboard for improved creativity, problem-solving and learning. We help your people (and cultures) to become more interested in what they don’t know than focusing on what they do. To listen more than tell, with less emphasis on finding quick, correct answers and more on finding questions that disrupt complacency, cast light into shadows and open doors to possibility.
Whether the challenge is building leadership capability, stronger teams, more confident communicators, engaged employees or safer workplaces, being curious acts as a multiplier.
Curiousmind works with a range of progressive and innovative partners, dedicated to helping facilitate positive change. We believe in surrounding ourselves with a strong professional network to ensure our clients have access to the best resources.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”