In his book, Little Bets, Peter Sims points out the importance of inquisitiveness to innovation, a trait that seems to be lacking in many. Hal Gregersen of INSEAD offers an explanation. It’s our approach to education.
“If you look at four-year-olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. But, by the time they are six and a half years old they stop asking questions, because they quickly learn that teachers value the right answers more than provocative questions.” So apparently, as adults, our tendency to explore and discover is still there, it’s just being squelched.
Thoughts Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: I don’t need any more four-year-olds on my team!
Wanda B. Goode: I guess one of our jobs as managers is to un-squelch the inquisitiveness! There is an awful lot of talk about the value of failing, but lots of times that is just lip service. We need to back it up.
Here are a couple of related posts…
When Failure Leads to Innovation, and When it Doesn’t
7 Habits of Highly Innovative People