Leadership Tip

How to fuel your team’s curiosity

It can be hard to find time for reflection and thoughtful conversation at the office, but work is more rewarding when it involves some level of discovery. Here are a few tips to encourage your team’s desire to learn: 

  1. Write agendas as questions. People are more likely to engage in discussions when they know they can affect the outcome. Presenting your agenda in question form invites everyone at the meeting to contribute.
     
  2. Avoid blame. Instead, try to find ideas for improvement. Without reprimanding your team member, ask him or her what they think should be done to get a project back on track. This allows him or her to take accountability and add value.
     
  3. Embrace all learning. Employees usually feel that they should only ask for educational resources that are explicitly work-related, but all learning is valuable. Practicing curiosity can benefit your organisation in unexpected ways; an employee requesting funds for our own 10/10 leadership development and mentoring progrramme, for example, may save you the expense of hiring outside the organisation down the road.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Four Ways to Cultivate a Culture of Curiosity by Katie Smith Milway and Alex Goldmark. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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