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== '''Curiosity is the root of many business successes''' ==
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== 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.
 
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<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>. While many people ask questions, it is critical to fully explore and understand the issue, draw conclusions and act on those conclusions<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>. This type of curiosity is the engine to solving complex problems and identifying new opportunities<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>.
 
Business ideas are often born out of applied curiosity<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>. While many people ask questions, it is critical to fully explore and understand the issue, draw conclusions and act on those conclusions<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>. This type of curiosity is the engine to solving complex problems and identifying new opportunities<ref name="Walsh"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.</ref>.
 
 
== '''Business Requires Creativity; Creativity Requires Curiosity''' ==
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== Business Requires Creativity; Creativity Requires Curiosity ==
  
 
The business world today is increasingly complex<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. The pressures facing businesses are increasing and the old patterns of thinking and solutions are no longer effective<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. In order to stay competitive and be successful companies are increasingly trying to creatively solve business problems<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. 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.
 
The business world today is increasingly complex<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. The pressures facing businesses are increasing and the old patterns of thinking and solutions are no longer effective<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. In order to stay competitive and be successful companies are increasingly trying to creatively solve business problems<ref name="Walsh1"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.</ref>. 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''' ==  
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== Key to Leadership Success ==  
  
The necessary leadership capabilities dovetail with the benefits of curiosity. Capabilities such as “go outside themselves” to assess how others react to a solution, identify restrictions, develop plans, and build support for implementation.
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=== Leadership Capabilities ===
As previously described, curiosity plays a fundamental role in the creative problem solving process and is a core characteristic of creative people.
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We have also described that curious people have superior social skills. And certainly, curiosity drives knowledge.
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=== '''''Creative Leadership Skills''''' ===
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The necessary leadership capabilities outlined in the Mumford et. al., (2000) leadership model dovetail with the benefits of curiosity<ref name="Walsh2"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.</ref>. 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"<ref name="Walsh2"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.</ref>.
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As previously described, curiosity plays a fundamental role in the creative problem solving process and is a core characteristic of creative people<ref name="Walsh2"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.</ref>. We have also described that curious people have superior social skills. And certainly, curiosity drives knowledge<ref name="Walsh2"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.</ref>.
  
Six creative leadership skills needed to solve complex challenges: (1) paying attention; (2) personalizing; (3) imaging; (4) serious play; (5) collaborative inquiry; and (6) crafting. Curiosity is a key component of serious play, has roots in collaborative inquiry, paying attention and personalizing.
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=== Creative Leadership Skills ===
  
=='''Organizational Knowledge'''==
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Palus & Horth (2002) outlined six creative leadership skills needed to solve complex challenges: paying attention, personalizing, imaging, serious play, collaborative inquiry and crafting<ref name="Walsh3"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 39.</ref>. Curiosity is a key component of serious play, has roots in collaborative inquiry, paying attention and personalizing<ref name="Walsh3"> Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 39.</ref>.
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== Organizational Knowledge ==
  
 
Knowledge building is challenging for organizations because in order to share knowledge individuals need to respect and listen to each other.
 
Knowledge building is challenging for organizations because in order to share knowledge individuals need to respect and listen to each other.

Revision as of 14:23, 31 May 2012

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[1]. While many people ask questions, it is critical to fully explore and understand the issue, draw conclusions and act on those conclusions[1]. This type of curiosity is the engine to solving complex problems and identifying new opportunities[1].

Business Requires Creativity; Creativity Requires Curiosity

The business world today is increasingly complex[2]. The pressures facing businesses are increasing and the old patterns of thinking and solutions are no longer effective[2]. In order to stay competitive and be successful companies are increasingly trying to creatively solve business problems[2]. 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

Leadership Capabilities

The necessary leadership capabilities outlined in the Mumford et. al., (2000) leadership model dovetail with the benefits of curiosity[3]. 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"[3]. As previously described, curiosity plays a fundamental role in the creative problem solving process and is a core characteristic of creative people[3]. We have also described that curious people have superior social skills. And certainly, curiosity drives knowledge[3].

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[4]. Curiosity is a key component of serious play, has roots in collaborative inquiry, paying attention and personalizing[4].

Organizational Knowledge

Knowledge building is challenging for organizations because in order to share knowledge individuals need to respect and listen to each other. 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.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Page 34.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 35-36.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 38.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Walsh Sharon, "Curious about Curiosity?" (2006). Creative Studies Graduate Student Master's Projects. Paper 74.Pages 39.

Contributors

Stefania Dangila