It’s not just employees who must have skills when working, but a manager must have more abilities. Managing a team and building their potential, for example.
To build potential both in each individual and as a team, curiosity has an important role in the world of work. It is not limited to the intellectual development of workers, but also strengthens relationships within the team.
Scott Shigeoka explores this matter through his book Seek: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change The World and researches further about curiosity at UC Berkeley. He found 4 essential sentences that can arouse curiosity in the workplace which he shared on the Harvard Business Review page.
“Tell me more”
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According to Shigeoka, throwing away mere curiosity and replacing it with deep curiosity can give you facts, data and more value. Therefore, the sentence “tell me more” will give you the opportunity to find out all these things.
Giving this response to a coworker who complains about their work, mentions their favorite book or movie, or an incident that happened to them will also strengthen your relationship with that person.
“I understand you are more than just your job”
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You can also strengthen relationships and increase your abilities by understanding your co-workers’ personal lives. What are they facing in their lives? How is his family? In this way, you can identify “work-life conflicts” in their life that might affect that person’s work performance.
When a leader or coworker values someone’s life outside of their work and is open about it, you will take better steps to support them. The effect is not only stronger relationships, but also organizational success.
“Who else has something to share?”
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Building an environment of high curiosity is also provoked by the phrase “who else has something to share?” or just two words “who else?”. In work related to assumptions, other people’s opinions or input are important for decision making. Respecting other people’s opinions will lead you to solutions, even from people with different backgrounds or divisions because you can get new points of view that may not have been touched upon.
“I do not know”
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In the world of work, intellectual humility has a significant impact. Studies on intellectual humility show that those who display this trait actually appear more competent and are viewed positively by colleagues and subordinates.
Saying sentences that show a humble character also indicates that you are open to other people’s ideas and are not arrogant. Therefore, the sentence “I don’t know” must be followed by further action, such as asking “how can we learn about that?” thus inviting participation, collaboration and problem-solving.
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