The nature of being curious can easily translate to being engaged, caring for and challenging the current status quo. All qualities that can equally propel an individual person and professional organizations forward. The art of a good question can uncover opportunity, disarm hostile conversation and create a culture of continuous improvement. Organizational cultures that welcome and embrace curiosity are correlated with having high levels of psychological safety. In an environment with low psychological safety and trust, questions can be perceived as a threat and as a result, discouraged. However, even in these settings, a well-worded question can initiate positive change. Before asking others, ask yourself what you want to know, what’s driving your desire to know and how having an answer will impact you. If you can crack the nut on what’s driving your desire to know it will help you craft the right question. Above all else, the best questions don’t present as an opinion or assumption. Here are a few to help you get started:
Stay curious, my friends. Ask the questions. Be a catalyst for change.