Take the Pressure Off: Become a Curator of Curiosity

A curious team surrounds a laptop

How are you dealing with the shift in expectations we’re seeing globally? 

You’ve heard it all before: artificial intelligence, an aging population, tech booms, growth of e-commerce…but what exactly does this mean for us as leaders?

A recent McKinsey report shows CEOs are facing a shift in their expectations of the workforce. 

Keep reading to discover one of the top attributes that we need to develop today in order to navigate the craziness of tomorrow.

Changing expectations give us a chance to curate our curiosity. 

I love the word “curate” because it’s a verb. We’re not just passively absorbing the enormous amounts of information available to us. We’re seeking it out, actively organizing, critically thinking, analyzing, and sharing. We get to be museum curators, picking out the most incredible artifacts.

A Different Form of Intelligence – Not the AI You’ve Heard About!

We’ve all heard about leadership development and the importance of intellectual intelligence (being smart enough to get in the door). 

Then came emotional intelligence (learning to manage our feelings and responses productively while in the room). 

And of course, you’ve heard of artificial intelligence. This global boom opens us up to many possibilities, ranging from extremely harmful to incredibly helpful. 

But now, there’s a new kid on the block: attentional intelligence.

This form of intelligence isn’t made up of computers, although they can certainly have an impact on it. 

What’s attentional intelligence?

Linda Ray, a fellow workplace neuroscience nerd, developed this term to describe how we can use awareness and control to focus our attention. 

It’s about focusing on curiosity.

It means we can forget about being the smartest person in the room.

The pressure’s off! 

Our job is to bring out the intelligence of every other person in the room. 

We become curiosity coaches, helping others unleash their own brilliance. By bringing a little humility to the table, we can ditch the know-it-all act and become encouragers and nurturers. This, by the way, is one of the top attributes that leaders will need to be successful in an ever-changing, ambiguous world!

The Neverending Quest for Knowledge

So, how do we become professionally curious? Here are a few questions to consider:

  • What am I actively doing to learn today?
  • Am I trying to be the smartest person in the room, or am I trying to be the most curious? 
  • Am I asking questions before making statements?
  • Where can I expand my knowledge base and ignite my curiosity?
  • How am I supporting my team to bring out their brilliance? 

In the below video, I share more thoughts on this topic.

The Takeaway: Curiosity is the Key to Survival

In this ever-changing world, curiosity is the key to survival. Let’s ditch the pressure of having all the answers and embrace the joy of lifelong learning. Transform your approach to leadership by becoming a curator of curiosity.

John F. Edwards, CSP, CVP is an international speaker and author who leverages humor and neuroscience to help accelerate your success.

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