Do you have workplace curiosity? Is the culture creative, interesting, and inclusive? Are there good listeners?
Have you ever felt so busy that you completely miss something happening right in front of you? You are concentrating so hard that you don’t even notice?
That could be a very positive and intense level of focus. It could also be a signal that you to dig a little deeper in your patience reserves and pause for long enough to notice.
Work and Curiosity Matter
Businesses are about work. They work to create a product or service that is attractive and compelling to their audience. They may also serve society or do something for the greater good of mankind.
Yet, work is still about work. There is a job to do and it is always measured against time.
Productivity, efficiencies, and profit matter. So does your organizational culture.
Are you genuinely curious about what is happening in your workplace?
I’m not referring to drama filled destructive behaviors, political views, or what happened last year. I’m referring to curiosity about the work at hand, the difference to be made for the customer, and the things that could improve efficiency while also creating more opportunities.
Some of the best cultures have the most curious listeners. Those that listen with their ears, head, and heart. Hearing is not necessarily listening. Listening needs intellect and it needs heart.
Are you engaged with what is happening around your workplace? Do you listen for understanding and not to refute? Are you appropriately generous with your time?
Workplace curiosity doesn’t kill the cat, it builds the culture.
Be genuinely curious.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.