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Course Outline

Uncovering innate curiosity and developing a high CQ involves a two part process. Download Course Brochure

1. Self-awareness

The first step is to develop an individual’s awareness of self, a curiosity in how they think, why they respond as they do and to recognise any beliefs and habits that impact on how they make meaning.

Typically, when we talk of thinking, people associate it with intelligence and intellectual rigor –(IQ) the ability to analyse facts and understand. The relationship between this “past oriented” thinking and creativity is tenuous as in many instances the attachment to past beliefs inhibits seeing alternatives.

Firstly, the session will also explore how incuriosity impacts on organisational effectiveness help understand how cultivating curiosity can provide the key to unlocking yours, and your people’s potential/intellectual capital.

  • Resistance to change, learning or new ideas
  • Low tolerance for ambiguity or uncertainty
  • Quick to find the “right” answers rather than understanding the issues
  • Overly compliant, lacking initiative
  • Poor creativity
  • Disengaged or unmotivated employees
  • Overly attached to being “right” or unwilling to admit not knowing
  • Inflexibility, cynicism or pessimism
  • Defensiveness and reactivity
  • Poor teamwork, frequent misunderstandings and conflict.

From here, this section will work on how we expand thinking to be the creative process of generating a thought. This includes thinking habits such as reflection, imagination, insight, intuition and creativity.

We then outline a tool that enables the participants to self-assess their current curiosity quotient (CQ).

2. Learning/recognising the ‘how’ of curiosity

Curious people ask questions that go beyond getting comfortable answers or verifying what they already know to seeking deeper understanding of an issue.
  • This session will explore these qualities and characteristics and tools and techniques to re-engage in these areas
  • Remaining open minded and comfortable in “not knowing”
  • Explore possibilities with a balance of wonder and doubt
  • A healthy thirst for understanding and discovery
  • Awareness that they always have choice in how they respond
  • Being persistent and more tolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty
  • Intuitively following the most productive line of inquiry
  • Have many interests (and frequently present as “interesting”)
  • Listening beyond the words for intention
  • An appreciation of systems dynamics and inter-dependencies

3. Questioning and adapting to change

Throughout history seemingly intractable problems have been resolved by finding the “right” question to ask.

When people evolve questioning from a science to an art they begin to form questions that both reflect and promote curiosity. But clever questions alone are not enough. It’s when we combine self-awareness with questioning skills that we can explore how to generate more curiosity from within. In this critical part of the program we draw people’s attention to the questions they ask themselves.

Drawn from current research in psychology, this session provides the attendees with several powerful and yet simple tools to help them determine their current curiosity quotient. We provide participants with a tool to help them get back from even the most pessimistic, need to be right, already know everything attitudes to one of wonder and excitement about possibilities.

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