Importance of Curiosity in Business
Curiosity is the root of many business successes
Nowadays many businesses are influenced by curiosity: testing the old and seeking the new (questioning process) leads the business to its success. Business ideas are often born out of applied curiosity. While many people ask questions, it is critical to fully explore and understand the issue, draw conclusions and act on those conclusions. This type of curiosity is the engine to solving complex problems and identifying new opportunities.
Business Requires Creativity; Creativity Requires Curiosity
The business world today is increasingly complex. The pressures facing businesses are increasing and the old patterns of thinking and solutions are no longer effective. In order to stay competitive and be successful companies are increasingly trying to creatively solve business problems. In addition, as it is mentioned in the Importance of Curiosity, curiosity is a fundamental component to creativity and therefore curiosity is important to exist in a business environment.
Key to Leadership Success
The necessary leadership capabilities outlined in the Mumford et. al., (2000) leadership model dovetail with the benefits of curiosity. They describe capabilities such as “go outside themselves” to assess how others react to a solution, identify restrictions, develop plans, and build support for implementation". As previously described, curiosity plays a fundamental role in the creative problem solving process and is a core characteristic of creative people. We have also described that curious people have superior social skills. And certainly, curiosity drives knowledge.
Creative Leadership Skills
Palus & Horth (2002) outlined six creative leadership skills needed to solve complex challenges: paying attention, personalizing, imaging, serious play, collaborative inquiry and crafting. Curiosity is a key component of serious play, has roots in collaborative inquiry, paying attention and personalizing.
Knowledge building is challenging for organizations because in order to share knowledge individuals need to respect and listen to each other. Fullan described that knowledge exchange will occur in noncompetitive collaborative environments and that good relationships between people is necessary for knowledge sharing to occur. A curiosity-driven culture of sharing will foster this learning environment.
- Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.
- Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.
- Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.
- Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 39.