When people acquire knowledge and skills based on curiosity, they’re likely to retain the information much better than with a traditional “rote” style.
Curiosity after childhood is more difficult, but the benefits are clear. People who continue to be curious have stronger cognitive abilities; exploration stimulates brain activity and new neural connections, improving things such as memory, attention, and critical thinking. Curious people also tend to have:
Globally, only 21% of employees are engaged on the job, a number that’s been steadily declining over the last 20 years, according to Gallup research. However, employees with higher levels of curiosity are more likely to be engaged and find meaning in their work, leading to higher levels of job satisfaction and performance.
... employees with higher levels of curiosity are more likely to be engaged and find meaning in their work, leading to higher levels of job satisfaction and performance.
Today’s technology both advances and deters curiosity in several ways. On the one hand, most people have easy access to information on a global scale as well as diverse learning opportunities on essentially any subject that interests them via a variety of digital platforms. On the other hand, people may experience “information overload” and have difficulty filtering out relevant and reliable details and sources. Social media algorithms and search engines actually tailor content to our preferences, creating “echo chambers” that expose people only to information that aligns with their existing beliefs, impeding open-mindedness and critical thinking.
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By consistently cultivating your team’s curiosity mindset, you can help them realize their true potential and create a culture of learning, creativity, growth, and innovation. This “curiosity culture” ensures that you and your organization can quickly adapt to changes and make progress under any circumstances.
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