The Power of Inquisitive Workshops

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Curiosity is a gateway to unlocking latent gifts and has been described as a desire for learning and knowledge, according to Min Jeong Kang. Kang and colleagues found that curiosity enhances learning. Additionally, the evolution of curiosity finds that humans tend to make better choices and more sophisticated comparisons, according to the National Library of Medicine. Think about that from your organization’s perspective. How many of your colleagues are getting a chance to pursue tasks, roles, and responsibilities outside of their normal workflow? I am not advocating for disrupting operations, but evidence suggests disengagement among employees has increased since the last recession, according to Harvard Business Review. Incorporating inquisitive workshops into your work design may alleviate employee turnover and increase engagement.

Moreover, curiosity is omnipresent in humans, but our individual perspective and application of its creative forces varies. Have you ever asked your colleagues, “what are you most curious to learn about within our organization?” This simple question may allow your teammates to tap into curiosity’s creative energy. Curiosity’s creative energy works in many ways. That internal nudge of a question or quiet inquisitiveness works as a relinquishing mechanism and source of knowledge if acted upon. Our growth mindset agency finds that curiosity may relinquish sub-conscious narratives that cause poor performance.

Incorporate inquisitive workshops like allowing your employees to engage in activities outside of the normal job duties. Ensure the activities aid them in developing a new skill set or something they deeply wish to learn. Then sit back and observe to see if their confidence and overall work engagement increases. Simple questionnaires and debrief forms will allow you to measure the effectiveness of these exercises. In your assessments, be sure to incorporate self-awareness questions to better understand non-serving beliefs that may have been overcome during this practical exercise. For instance: “Do you feel more confident and capable in your marketing efforts now that you participated in walking a customer through our inbound lead process?”

Do you see the power in allowing your marketing professionals to sit down and walk a potential client through your sales process? Your marketing professionals will uncover several methods to their marketing efforts that may or may not have worked. Now let’s use that example for every single department within your organization. The results will surprise you. This is what we mean when we talk about optimizing your team.

Every human on earth carries non-serving beliefs about their capabilities and limitations. That means that every organization deals with non-serving beliefs, but few take the time to learn how much power they hold over their employees. Over time, inquisitive workshops or exercises in curiosity will highlight several key areas for improvement, collaboration, and training. I sincerely hope this article enables you to take a closer look at your work design to better optimize your team and profits this year.

We would love to walk you through a complimentary training on how to incorporate curiosity workshops into organizational work design.

Originally posted on LinkedIn by Beau Blouin

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Beau Blouin

Growth Mindset Coach

Beau Blouin honorably served nine years in the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. After seeing combat in Afghanistan, he decided to take his leadership and growth mindset training back to states to create two social enterprises. 

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