From the desk of Karen Lombardo, Owner, Put Another Way, LLC
This morning I attended the first meeting of the Tech Valley Young Professionals Network. (More to come on this super-group!) This was the kickoff for the Mentorship Program. The speaker, Robin Perry, Vice President Learning & Development at Bishop House spoke to an underlying theme of curiosity. As I sat there with my mentee, my mind began to race, and I thought let’s discuss 5 things/reasons for curiosity:
- It allows us to be exposed to perhaps a weakness or lack of knowledge without judgment. Asking someone a question is never wrong. It is a win-win for the expert giving the answer and to the questioner learning from the response.
- Curiosity killed the cat? I don’t believe that! I think that cat had other issues. Curiosity is good. Repeat it a few times, ”Curiosity is good.” It gets easier.
- Curiosity allows you to learn. The book, Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, by Ian Leslie, speaks to the question of curiosity. I don’t want to be a spoiler so check it out. It’s a good read.
- As someone who is asked a lot of questions on a daily basis, I respect curiosity. Long since the days when my young children asked me 1000 times ‘Mom, why is….” Now I get to flex my life muscles as the questions become more complex, like, “Mom, how do I make lasagna?”
- Please don’t judge, squelch, or discourage curiosity. I hope my young mentee Allyson asks me 1000 questions and I can ask her 1000 back. Hey, she already shared her favorite Podcasts with me. I learned something new today.
Be curious. I know the internet allows us 24/7/365 answers to our most burning questions but let’s not totally remove the human factor. Meet someone for coffee, join a book club or fitness group and let’s spread our wings and open our minds a little.
And if this sparked your curiosity, check out Tech Valley Young Professionals and get involved!
If you have not signed up for the January 29th event, Successfully Managing Change in the Workplace, sign up here. There is a great line-up of speakers.