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Curiosity and Innovation

Updated: Apr 17

A prerequisite for innovation is curiosity. In order for our institutions to innovate they have to be curious

During each Fellows cohort Dr. Bernard Bull (his web site https://www.etale.org/main/ and book titled "Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation”) leads our discussions on innovation. He covers the design of an innovative organization and how to introduce innovation into your institution using experiments. A prerequisite for innovation is curiosity. In order for our institutions to innovate they have to be curious. There are several great articles in the Harvard Business Review for September-October 2018 on curiosity at https://hbr.org/2018/09/cultivate-curiosity and https://hbr.org/2018/09/curiosity#the-five-dimensions-of-curiosity.


The difficult question for leaders is how do you develop and support a culture that promotes curiosity. There are several answers to that question. First, a leader must provide "space" for curiosity--both time and resources. Second, a leader must encourage curiosity by modeling it in how they ask questions and relentlessly pursue ideas. Finally, a leader must recognize and reward curiosity. What stifles curiosity? Curiosity is destroyed by rigid bureaucracies, arrogance, complacency and an over reliance on achieving efficiency.

The difficult question for leaders is how do you develop and support a culture that promotes curiosity. There are several answers to that question. First, a leader must provide "space" for curiosity--both time and resources. Second, a leader must encourage curiosity by modeling it in how they ask questions and relentlessly pursue ideas. Finally, a leader must recognize and reward curiosity. What stifles curiosity? Curiosity is destroyed by rigid bureaucracies, arrogance, complacency and an over reliance on achieving efficiency.

Enjoy being curious both individually and as an institution!! It is the basis for innovation and the beginning of an organization's vision.


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