Here’s what I wrote:
This month we are exploring what’s required to thrive in today’s ongoing world of complexity. Last week we explored listening, and today we are exploring the skill of curiosity and open-mindedness. Tomorrow, we will be turning our attention to the skill of experimentation.
Curiosity is a critical skill set for today’s ongoing change and complexity, given that many times “we do not know” or have all of the information needed to make decisions or see what is next. This could be because things are changing so fast or it could be because things are unclear on the road ahead. Being able to lead from a place of curiosity or “not knowing” can be liberating when the shift has been made.
One thing that can help us on our voyage of curiosity as a leader is questions. We can use questions to check assumptions, learn from others, and harness the wisdom that exists. Some questions that enable all team members to step into a place of curiosity are:
- What’s possible?
- What’s one thing we haven’t tried?
- What else?
- What else can you leverage?
- What’s the worst thing that can happen?
- What’s another option?
- What could you do differently?
In order to cultivate curiosity within our team we can:
- Encourage risk taking and mistakes
- Support team members in pilots and experimentation
- Enable learning across the silos which exist within the business
- Expose the team to new areas regularly
- Support a growth mindset
What can you do as a team to cultivate curiosity?
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