With uncertainty unleashed thanks to COVID-19, curiosity is much more important to leadership and an organization’s performance than ever before. It is the DNA behind many of the essential skills promoted for the modern worker: critical thinking, emotional intelligence, adaptability, collaboration, and even empathy, says Success Performance Solutions founder and workforce trends expert Ira S Wolfe.
Curiosity it seems is the career currency of the day: necessary for staying relevant, for advancing your career, for keeping the robots at bay from taking your job. We simply can’t perform well or grow our skills without it.
And yet parents, business leaders, and our current education system do everything possible to immunize curiosity in our kids and workers. Only about 24% of employees in a recent survey feel curious in their jobs and 70% say they face barriers to asking questions at work. “We talk about innovation, growth, and STEM but do everything possible to stifle it,” says Dr. Diane Hamilton.
Hamilton will be the featured guest on the next Success Performance Solutions Crowdcast event, Cracking the Curiosity Code, scheduled for August 13, 2020 at 2 PM EDT. She will be discussing her research and the four curiosity killing factors she calls FATE. Registration is free but pre-registration is required. Each participant will receive a code to complete a complimentary Curiosity Code Index too.
It’s not only curiosity that matters today but perception too, says Hamilton who the author of Cracking The Curiosity Code and creator of Curiosity Code Index.
As we face soul-searching questions about social justice, there has never been a more critical time to pull back the curtain on our personal perceptions: how we see the world and how others see us. Hamilton recently announced the publication of her newest assessment: Perception Power Index. She’ll share details and her research during the webcast.
“Perception and curiosity influences every human interaction,” Hamilton says. “The more we can recognize this, the more open we become to new experiences and opportunities.”
Business leaders, managers, educators, employees, and parents are encouraged to attend. Questions can be submitted in advance by registering for the Crowdcast and entering questions in the chat or by clicking “Ask A Question.” For Human Resource Professionals, 1 SHRM PDC credit is available.