As children we were told that curiosity killed the cat, but our response was always, but satisfaction brought them back. On one hand we accused curious people of being nosy. However, curiosity was a good thing when you were called precocious. Curiosity is a critical characteristic to possess. Cultivating the habit of being curious is a precursor to creativity and innovation. Employees who constantly approach products and practices with a curiosity lens, are an asset to you, for they will develop ideas to improve your organization.
A corporate culture saturated with curiosity is vibrant and expanding. These individuals examine the status quo to understand its origins, as they look for ways to improve design and execution to increase overall quality. One of the tools of the curious is an enhanced ability to ask questions. They know that the right question will provide them with the information they need to understand and improve overall performance. Why have we always done process, this way? Many professions depend on the ability to ask questions; lawyers, salespeople, counselors, coaches, teachers, parents, years, psychiatrists and lawyers.
Curiosity paired with questioning skills will uncover information needed in an environment of continuous improvement. Think of ways that you could be more curious and set up a process to establish a curiosity infused workplace. Have fun with it because it will be exhilarating.
(Acquire Selling Knowledge)
We ask for trouble;
To be there on the double;
For affection, for directions,
For a dime.
We ask for the weather;
The shoes are they leather?
Was I blatant?
What’s your statement?
What’s the time?
Yet this three-letter word
Is forgotten, deferred,
By the greatest inquisitors of all.
We speak from our chair
With articulate flair,
But with rarely a question in the call.
In eloquent fashion
We probe with a passion,
For a date,
For a dollar,
For our due.
We ask for a dance,
A third second chance,
For a price,
For a clue.
But we won’t inquire
To learn what inspires,
A customer to buy;
Their need, reason,
They are willing to share,
Who, what, when, how and where,
If we ask and listen to their reply.
Copyright © 2001 Orlando Ceaser
Reprinted from Teach the Children to Dance
Are you creative?
How do you cultivate a climate of curiosity?
Since curiosity and creativity are often linked, what are you doing to grow either skill, personally or professionally?
Are there certain people in your organization who are naturally curious?
Have you developed the art of asking questions to seek information?
Can you identify with the sentiment stated in the Ask poem above?
What can you do to ensure that more questions are asked in presentations and conversations?
Have you informed your people about the importance of asking the right questions?
What kind of training or resources do you provide in the area of curiosity and asking questions?