One of our most damaging phrases is “curiosity killed the cat!”
Using such language, usually by adults to shut down children (and sometimes well-intentioned adults) from questioning the world around them, and challenging the status quo, kills learning, creativity and progress.
Leaders of small business with high-levels of self-esteem welcome curious employees because it communicates interest with a desire to learn. These small business leaders welcome the challenge well-placed workplace curiosity brings.
Curiosity is a great tool for reducing potential conflict. Instead of getting angry, become CURIOUS. Curiosity shows interest in another’s position, fulfilling one’s need to be understood. Diffusing the conflict.