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Cultivating Curiosity Workshop

2-Day Workshop: A strong sense of curiosity is innate to us all, especially young children. Curiosity is the fuel that drives inquiry & our desire to explore & connect with the world. It is a precursor for most if not all learning, imagination, creativity, problem solving & relationship building. This workshop explores curiosity & how to cultivate our own curiosity, & support a curiosity culture to optimise productivity & performance.

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Key Learning Objectives

This workshop aims to explore the traits of the curious, and ways to inspire and motivate ourselves to improve our curiosity quotient (CQ) and optimise performance

  • Developing traits of the curious
  • Open-minded, objective and optimistic
  • Persistent and resilient, more tolerant of ambiguity and uncertainty (less stressed)
  • Inherently interested in people, they ask genuine questions, listen sincerely for understanding and, as a consequence, develop strong relationships
  • Excellent learners who are more likely to look for patterns, persist with challenges and derive joy from learning for learning’s sake
  • Creative and innovative they embrace problems as puzzles to solve and have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Inquisitive, engaged and naturally adept at questioning they focus on getting to the root cause of issues and adapt gracefully with change

 

About the Course

Every organisation wants leaders (and employees) who can continually innovate, who can operate from the bigger picture, spot new opportunities, build trust and commitment and enable their people to adapt to new realities.

To remain competitive in an increasingly uncertain future, organisations need to continuously develop and exercise their people. Intelligence, knowledge and skills have typically been seen as the cornerstones for developing effectiveness and have driven most approaches to leadership development.

Whatever the nature of the issue you are dealing with, from developing exceptional leaders, managing change or building more collaborative learning cultures to inspiring more creativity and initiative or even resolving interpersonal problems -developing the curiosity quotient of yourself and your people provides a foundation of optimism and a springboard to imagination, innovation and possibility.

This curiosity workshop has been designed to inspire curiosity both by the content presented and via the delivery processes employed. The sessions will be a mixture of facilitated discussion, exercises, role plays and feedback. The participants will be encouraged to examine and understand their own and others assumptions, beliefs and behaviours.

The sessions have been also designed to provide a mix of inspiration, practical ideas and opportunities for self-learning and reflection. Follow-up sessions or projects are advised where appropriate –they can form an integral part of the program and ensure maximum learning transfer and behavioural change.

Curiosity is a catalyst for optimising performance in the following ways

  • Discovery and learning
  • Problem solving/ solution finding/ decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Adaptability and resilience
  • Engagement and commitment
  • Relationship building (and intimacy)
  • Conflict resolution and negotiations
  • Dealing with uncertainty and change
  • Entrepreneurship

 

Who Will Benefit

This unique program will benefit all those working in an organisation, at any level. It can be custom designed to suit team members, team leaders or senior management. It’s a useful program to deliver in cross-functional teams who need to work together effectively and perform well.

Course Outline

Uncovering innate curiosity and developing a high CQ involves a two part process

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.

On-site & in-house training

Deliver this course how you want, where you want, when you want – and save up to 40%! 8+ employees seeking training on the same topic?

Talk to us about an on-site/in-house & customised solution.

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