Let me paint a brief picture: You feel you’re stuck at work or in class, problems overwhelm you and new ideas do not come easily or are rarely implemented. If you recognise this fully or in part, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common state of mind and professional experience nowadays.
To thrive, or even survive professionally in this day and age everyone needs so-called 21st century skills. In my opinion professional curiosity is at the heart of all of these and feeds the ones that you hear about more often, like creativity and critical thinking even dealing with complex problems. These all complement and strengthen each other as you can read here.
Unfortunately, as is widely recognised by now, for a variety of reasons these necessary skills are not as common as we all hope. To put it bluntly, the key question then is:
“Do you feel Curious today, well, do you, punk?”
Please read on for more context, but if you’re really impatient you can go here for a short cut to the Service menu. Or as close to it as it gets.
The New ABC is all about supporting you and your team to rediscover, practise and develop this innate skill and boost the other ones. That’s the good news: we all were curious once. We just need to unleash it again. This is in particular true for anyone dealing with challenges related to change and transitions e.g. towards more sustainable (business) models. Interested, or should I say, curious? Read on
Curiosity is the mother of all progress
Why am I focusing on curiosity and not “creativity” or “innovation”? Because these are simply applied versions of what progress is really about. It’s what made early humanoids leave caves. The start of a wondering and wandering journey..
In short, curiosity, together with its cousins critical thinking and creativity, means to not take information, problems or opportunities at face value but to investigate and wonder why things are as they are, and don;t stop there! This is merely the starting point to make new connections to change what you don’t like. Most professional and educational incentives do not encourage deep questions, certainly not as opposed to quick, seemingly sure answers and ‘solutions’.
I can tell you this, 80% of ‘solutions’ don’t solve the actual problem or are an answer to a wrong question.
I have a dream…
That all people are valued on how inquisitive they are more so than being judged by their ability to only reproduce things that we know . This dream may perhaps not seem very ambitious, but I will be happy if we achieve this. If you honestly look at what mindset is currently dominant, you will see that we have a LONG way to go. “Critical thinking” is not enough.
Knowledge is important, and relevant. But without the power of curiosity current knowledge is underutilised, new knowledge is not sought out properly, and at best we’ll move faster on an existing path, which can easily head in the wrong direction. So before you start going on about being creative and innovative, we have to talk about curiosity.
“You can’t solve the world’s problems with the same knowledge and thinking that created them” (a guy called A. Einstein)
What about your curiosity?
As a professional, manager, educator, or education manager does this trigger your interest, or better yet, curiosity ? By all means get in touch. Check out typical situations that The New ABC can help you with and how. Or first read on for much more context on my main vision.