Do you describe yourself as intellectually curious? Those small actions you choose to do as part of your daily personal and professional life become habits influencing your values, mindset, and performance.
Perhaps it is time to do a bit of self-observation.
- For example, will you take the time to look up the crossword puzzle words which stymie you? Then what happens? Will you learn the word and add to your own vocabulary? Or will you do the least amount of work to solve the puzzle and move on?
- During meetings, do you settle for group think and consensus because it is the complacent, conflict-free, and traditional way problems are solved. Alternatively, will you do the homework to validate and/or challenge the proposed solution to discover the best or optimal path forward?
Being intellectually curious is not just about you. To get to where you really need to go, one millimeter at a time, you must travel the road together.
- Are you open to learning innovative ideas which may grate against how you learned to think about and do things? Or do you prefer to play small and fit in and run with the pack, even if you have doubts?
- Will your social media feeds (and people you spend time with) create homogeneous narratives complementary to what you currently believe? Or are you choosing to diversify perspectives to create greater breadth and depth to further develop your values, mindset, and performance?
Finally, remaining intellectually curious is most difficult when you are used to being the smartest person in the room.
- Are you lecturing and pontificating or listening, learning, facilitating, and leading? The real “smartest person in the room” is the person listening to what other people have to say, then thoughtfully drawing others into the conversation. Is it time to address what is new, next, and continuously changing in your professional environments? Let everyone get to where they really need to go, together, one millimeter at a time. Contact me here.
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