The Importance of Curiosity, Why What You’re Searching For Isn’t What You Actually Think.
This article by Clinton Brown, Founder & Managing Partner at Sheppard Brown, will discuss the importance of curiosity in your industry and why what you’re searching for isn’t what you think potentially.
We are very fortunate for the opportunity to speak with leaders and executives from a whole range of backgrounds, positions, industries and cultures on a daily basis. More often than not, When I head home for the day my mind is mind blown due to new perspectives, wisdom, and information on certain subject matters discussed that day. Below is an example I’d like to share with you.
To make this story clear I feel it’s important to provide a little context. At Sheppard Brown, we believe that great leaders do four things incredibly well. They are transparent, keen to develop others, drive performance and are relentlessly looking to improve and learn new things. Throughout our screening process when working on an assignment, we explore behavioural based interview questions positioned to dive deep into those four areas. Yesterday, I interviewed an incredibly bright, humble and purpose-driven leader with an impressive track record of developing teams and driving the organization to higher levels of excellence. Towards the end of the interview, we slowly went a bit off topic and engaged in a more open conversation around the importance of curiosity and “geeking-out” in your industry. It was at that moment she shared a perspective that will stay with me with the rest of my career.
“What you read, watch or hear will never solve your business challenges, it simply gives you leverage to ask better questions.”
It took me a couple of moments to settle in and then it made sense. Whether we’re exploring trends in adjacent industries or researching how other businesses addressed a specific issue, it’s not the answer that we’re actually seeking. Rather, we’re searching for examples and data points to inspire more refined, creative, higher-quality questions which, in turn, drive the solutions we seek.
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