Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the bird is?
We can risk curiosity. In fact, business leaders have to. Without curiosity, our thinking gets small and our vision narrows. With it, real innovation and growth can happen.
We forget to hire for curiosity. The employee who asks “why” a lot; who is inner-directed and develops her own ideas; who is always doing that which she cannot do, so she may learn how to do it; who explores first and then considers whether she will accept the ramifications – that cat often winds up in lockdown.
On the other hand, employees who are not the least bit curious; who wait around for someone else to tell them what to do; who lie low to avoid trouble; who act only from a cautious sense of duty; who limit the chances they are willing to take – well, they’re easier to manage.
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