Curiosity and Cultural Inclusion

Taking advantage of the season, I invited some of my clients to an annual celebration of the Lunar New Year and have them experience for themselves what it is about and up their appetite for curiosity. Here they are, enjoying the festive-spirited lion dance 

Be curious

Why is curiosity so important?

1. It makes your mind active instead of passive.

Curious people always ask questions and search for answers in their minds. Their minds are always active. Since the mind is like a muscle which becomes stronger through continual exercise, the mental exercise caused by curiosity makes your mind stronger and stronger.It makes your mind observant of new ideas. How things work – learn the culture context and how to navigate it from that lens.

2, When you are curious about something, your mind expects and anticipates new ideas related to it. When the ideas come they will soon be recognized. It opens up new worlds and possibilities. If we suspend any judgments and allow that idea about that people group come through, we that gain deeper understanding for trusting and respecting others. Both important elements for inclusion.

3. By being curious you will be able to see new worlds and possibilities which are normally not visible. In the cultural context, what have you learnt of the people you work with? Your stakeholders? Most of all that of your market place?

Do not assume what had work before in your previous context works here now.

 

The best in business have boundless curiosity and open minds. - Robin Sharma

 

So how do you develop a curious mindset and practice?

1. Keep an open mind

As what the Chinese saying refers to as “中庸之道”, suspend any judgement. Be open to , unlearn, and relearn. Some things you know and believe might be wrong, and you should be prepared to accept this possibility and change your mind.

2. Be asking questions

A sure way to dig deeper beneath the surface is asking questions: What is that? Why is it made that way? What is the thinking behind? What, why, when, who, where, and how are the best friends of curious people.

3. Don’t label being curious as boring 

Just because it is different, does not mean it is different. When you do that you shut the open door of possibilities. Take it as an adventure. See learning new cultures/organization context as something fun. If you see learning as a chore or hold fast to your own perspective of what that culture is about, there’s no way you will want to dig deeper into anything. But if you think of learning as something fun, an adventure of discovery, you will naturally want to dig deeper - Going from just being aware to being participative/agile in applying.

Final word:

Have a beginners mind. Explore the various facets of culture – be it traditional rituals, their way of life, the people group’s perspective and why that might be so.

#Beopen. #Benonjudgemental #Beparticipative

Curious, what ahve you been curious about in the people groups at work and where you are geographically located? What traditions do they have? Any particular practice in their way of life intrigues you? How do you embrace what you learn suspending all judgement? Comment below, I would love to hear all about it.

Be blessed,

Cheryl 

P.S. DM me with Culture Inclusion to explore how we can work together to evolve a culture, gender or generation inclusive work culture that brings about engagement, innovation and productivity for high performance. 

P.P.S If you want me to coach you develop as a contemporary leader who is relevant, inclusive and high performing in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambitious business context, DM me with Contemporary Leader. Let's talk cos you are #madeformore.

 

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