Curiosity – The Gateway to Competency

Here’s another article from Chief Learning Officer. It’s geared again to business people – and specifically ‘leaders’ that can do a better job by learning to be more “curious”. In past posts we’ve talked about the skill of curiosity. Curiosity is a good thing when it becomes something you do naturally. You ask questions, you seek opinions, you listen, you seek out information when you don’t know something – and you become informed. If you’re in business and reading this, consider the article from your current perspective. If you’re a student – from middle, high school, college or beyond, consider this article from the perspective of your career aspirations. In a career you “do things” – but hopefully develop expertise to move on and up – and become a respected “go to person”. But you can’t lead or be the ‘expert’ if you lose your ability to be “curious”. So as a student, now’s the time to learn this trait. Use “curiosity in reverse” when you’re in a learning mode. Don’t worry what others will think — because somewhere in the future curiosity will pay off for you. Take control of your future – and be curious – and use it to your advantage!
Curiosity can be cultivated and developed like any other competency. There are six key practices that promote curious behaviors.

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