5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization

by  Chery Gegelman  |  Workplace Issues
5 Reasons Curious Leadership Will Strengthen Your Organization:
  1. Exploring fills you with a sense of adventure, learning how things work and why they work that way makes your every cell in your body dance!
  2. In your explorations, you turn things over and look underneath them.  You dig in the dirt and examine everything you find.
  3. Squiggly things don’t scare you, they just make the adventure that much more exciting.   You don’t judge what you see as good or bad.  By instinct you simply seek first to understand, what it is, what it does, how it works, and why it works that way.
  4. Unknown to you, your sense of adventure is making it easier for you to learn quickly.
  5. And your enthusiasm is engaging others, causing them to want to explore with you.

In the book Good To Great, by Jim Collins –  Fred Purdue gives us this vision of leadership, “My job is to turn over rocks and look at the squiggly things, even if what you see can scare the h_ll out of you.”   However, as humans we tend to reflect this quote by Dave Ramsey, “We are all defensive of our mess.”  

Instead of ignoring rocks, fearing the squiggly things that are beneath them, or defending your opportunities to improve, create a culture that encourages everyone to be explorers and to intentionally turn over rocks and examine those squiggly things.

Encouraging your people to be curious and to explore will unleash talents that are currently untapped and under-utilized.  Your organization will learn faster, become more customer service focused more employee centered and more prosperous.

Your Adventure Begins By Looking Under A Few Rocks:  

  1.  When was the last time you spoke directly with your customers about your organization and listened for opportunities to improve their experience?
  2. When was the last time you spoke directly with your front line employees about your organization and listened for ways to better support them?  …Or for opportunities to remove barriers that are limiting their ability to provide efficient and effective service both internally and externally?
  3. Have you ever measured how long it takes for organizational development opportunities to reach decision makers and to be implemented in your organization?
  4. How long is too long?  …1 year?  …4 years?  …20 years?
  5. What do you loose during that time?  …Customers?  …Employees?  …Revenue?
Don’t be afraid of what you will find.  Focus instead on how much stronger your leadership and your organization will be.  Go on, turn those rocks…  Squiggly things can be fun!

Photo by:  Grace Whitney Harrington


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Articles By chery-gegelman
Chery Gegelman was once a frustrated visionary that learned to lead extensive system-wide changes from the middle. Today she is The Founder of Giana Consulting, listed as a Great Leadership Speaker by Inc., writes a recognized leadership blog and has co-authored two books. Her passion is bringing help and understanding to people and organizations that are leading through change to growth.  »  View Profile

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T S SETHUPATHY  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Reply

Good points about leadership.Worth reading

Chery Gegelman  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Reply

Thank you for reading and for the comment.

The little guy in the photo is my nephew. As I wrote the 5 Reasons Curious Leadership Matters, I tried to imagine what he was thinking as he was looking under those rocks.

While I am not sure I share his interest in worms and bugs, I completely identify with the discovery, the problem solving, and the joy that comes from turning organizational rocks over.

Billy Kirsch  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Reply

Chery – As a creative person so much of the work I do is based on maintaining a curious mind-set. Great leaders are curious and not afraid to be playful. Great metaphor here. I once came up with a song idea while playing in the garden with my son, the title was ‘Cocoon’ and the song was recorded by Steve Wariner. An example of playfulness and curiosity leading to real results.

Chery Gegelman  |  22 Sep 2011  |  Reply

Thanks for the comment Billy! I can’t wait to track down that song!

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