In this episode of McKinsey's Quarterly Interview: Provocations to Ponder, Jony Ive, the former design head of Apple, talks about what it takes for the creative process to thrive at any company.
Jony: "I love working with people who are curious. I can work very closely and very effectively with anyone who’s curious. One of the benefits of working closely with a large number of people who are curious is that you learn as a community. There’s this incredible power when you discover and learn together. At the end of a group project, I look at two things: I look at what we made, but far more important, I look at what we learned."
Curiosity not only drives artistic and scientific pursuits, but also introspection and personal growth. To be more curious, determine what intrinsically motivates you, how to ask better questions, and how to make curiosity its own reward.
Can we cultivate more curiosity in our lives? And if so, how? Read on for 5 habits to increase your curiosity
There may be a secret to continuously growing throughout our lives. A key ingredient that leads to a rich, successful life with deep impact and high-quality relationships. Curiosity.
That’s what the president of Birkman International, a behavioral assessment company headquartered in Houston, believes, and she has reason to know a thing or two about what makes us tick.
“Always withhold judgment, be curious and assume positive intent,” she says.
Start brainstorming questions. Getting together and listing every question you can think of about a problem, a process, or a situation is uncomfortable at first, and then in very short order enhances collaboration, decreases risk and puts you on the path to being a learning organization.
Whether you’re confronting a lack of clarity or a wellspring of curiosity, getting it out in the open contributes to shared understanding and shared goals, and is far more efficient than pretending mutual understanding. You can fire up the Mystery Machine and investigate together.