Increase Your Curiosity Quotient
We all know how important intelligence and creativity can be in our work, but what about our curiosity? A person’s Curiosity Quotient (CQ) is their “ability and motivation to learn and make sense of [their] surroundings in new and innovative ways”, according to Audrey Sellers from Promotional Consultant Today. Individuals with high levels of curiosity have been known to perform above-average in their jobs and overall lives, as this curiosity often means that they are more likely to take new information and do something meaningful with it, putting things into action.
This all may sound great for those who are already naturally curious, but what about those of us who want to give our curiosity quotients a little boost? Some may think that this means getting out there and trying to experience anything and everything new in order to stay engaged, but Joe Garfinkle, a leading executive coach, encourages people not to consume more, but to learn how to consume better. In fact, he has six suggested ways in how to give your CQ an increase, as shared here:
Become an early adopter:
When trying to boost your CQ, don’t be scared of trying new things. Of course, not every new technology or idea will work for you or be a success, so the key here is adaptability. Early adopters constantly learn to adapt; they face new ideas as challenges to gain new insight, and examine current knowledge in new ways.
Deepen your understanding:
Sometimes it is hard to make sense of steady streams of information, but according to Garfinkle, someone with a high CQ is able to do this by knowing what information is already in their area of knowledge, while keeping their ears open for what new information is relevant. When it comes to someone’s business, leaders should have a deep understanding of how their team, projects, and business works, so they can come to understand what factors work together and in conflict with one another as a whole. This makes newly discovered information easier to understand in how it may affect your business, and how you can learn to work with your new knowledge. Tackle the challenging assignments: Difficult problems may seem daunting at first, but there is no better way to exercise your brain than to take on a more-challenging issue than you normally face. Problems offer us opportunities for growth and new learning, as they often cannot be solved by the same old tactics. Challenging obstacles require you to take what is known and add something new: a different perspective, a fresh idea, or a different skill. In many cases, great ideas are not wholly new: they are a blend of both experience and creativity.
Don’t let success stop you from innovating: The saying may go, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but Garfinkle believes that this was likely not the adage of someone with a high CQ. It may be true that we don’t need to always meddle and change things that are running smoothly, but there are often ways to improve that we overlook due to the seeming smoothness of operations. Taking the time to take a second, third, or fourth look at our everyday experiences can provide us with new insights that we had not noticed before, potentially saving time, money, and resources.
Challenge your perspective:
Have you ever heard an artist say something about “flipping the canvas”? This is a technique that visual artists will sometimes use if they can’t figure out what’s not working on their art: literally flipping the canvas upside-down or on its side to get a new look at it with fresh eyes. Similarly, if you are looking for new ideas and insights in your business, Garfinkle advises changing your viewpoint. If you constantly look at something from the same angle, you see the same information and may not develop an innovative solution. By changing the way you look at things, you may see something you never noticed before.
Broaden your comfort zone:
According to Garfinkle, people with a high CQ rarely seek out the comfortable: they are always pushing to learn more, see more, and interact more with those outside of their usual circle. By learning to push yourself beyond your usual routine and group of people you interact with, you can see your CQ rise, as you never know who or what may spark your next big idea.
Although there is no formula for raising your Curiosity Quotient, these suggestions from Garfinkle are certainly habits that you can follow to help you get a better handle on the world around you. Staying with what you know may be comforting and easy to do, but it is hard to grow and learn without pushing the boundaries and trying to branch out from time to time. Boost your curiosity with the suggestions above, and maybe you will find new ideas and innovations just waiting for you to come and grab them.