How Curious Are You?

Curiosity is one of the pillars of high performance.

how CAn you Increase your Curiosity?

Curiosity Increases Engagement

Leadership studies demonstrate that effective leaders, those who inspire and engage, are curious. They ask questions to get to know their followers, they ask questions to better understand challenges, and they ask questions to fine tune solutions.

The advantages of being curious are:

1.) Increased confidence.

When curious, you are likely to try new things. Even when you fail, you try again and again until you find what works. This builds confidence as you recognize that you are capable of much more than you thought.

2.) Improved decision making.

Several studies have found that curiosity enhances decision making. When you are curious, you ask more questions. This increases the information you have and keeps you open to looking at all sides. This openness helps when you need to make a decision.

3.) Increased creativity.

Learning to think differently is critical. We are working in a super charged world that has exceeded most people’s ability to keep up. Working smart involves maximizing your capacity and resources, and curiosity helps you see new connections and ways to accomplish something faster and with more value.

4.) Accelerated learning.

As the velocity of change continues in the workplace, it is equally important that learning accelerates in order to keep up. Learning has to happen in the process of working—not as a separate activity.

When you are comfortable asking questions—considering why something happened and what the important contributors are—you learn as part of work. Learning expands your mindset and perspective. This type of review and revision process that is the essence of a continual learning process requires a questioning mindset that wonders, “what if we did this…?” 

Curiosity is one of High Performance GearsIn the Work Smart Principle.

Go Beyond Status Quo

Curiosity may have been a natural instinct as a child, however as an adult, you may be putting limits on it.

One of the simplest ways to boost your curiosity is to ask yourself, with an open mind, “I wonder what would happen if we did it this way?” Stimulate alternatives and ask questions without defending the “old’ way of doing things. Give yourself permission to explore!

Learn to question how things are being done, tune into your intuition, be open to what others around you are saying, and keep learning from what you are doing.

Everything you learned, you learned from someone else. Curiosity keeps you learning.

To optimize your curiosity consider the following:

  • Do you take action when given feedback?
  • Or do you dismiss it and blame the giver for being biased or uninformed?
  • Are you teachable?
  • Do you take action on the new information you have learned?

We believe that when you focus on building skills rather than try to strengthen weaknesses or direct your attention to problems, you achieve more in the long run. We have put together an amazing resource center called the Work Smart Club Library and Network. We have courses in Productivity, Assertiveness, Decision Making, Confidence, and much more. 

We include these amazing resources within a community of leaders and professionals who, like you, want to be their best and get that promotion, or move up at work, ask for the raise, learn to manage stress, or balance their life at work, and at home. There are a variety of goals – all centered around living your BEST life. Join us!

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Have you ever wanted to quickly access online information and ended up spending so much time reading through stuff that will not help you? Then you feel frustrated because you wasted time?

We know. That is one of the reasons we have set up our library and resource center.

No more lost time. We have the information and we have live Q & A to get answers, we are set up so you can network with others and have some laughs along the way!

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  • Work Smart Club Library membership (Value $199/month)
  • The Work Smart Club Library has dozens of resources including checklists, videos, audio, and complete courses with workbooks available 24/7.

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  • Private Network: Weekly live training and Office Hours, Q & A (priceless)
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  • 22+ Checklists to make management easier and streamlined (Value $99)
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  • 15+ Toolkits & Courses on Leadership, Assertiveness, Optimism, Stress Strategies, Resilience, Mindfulness and more. (Value $695+ when purchased separately)
  • The Toolkits are detailed presentations on topics to help you be more effective and impactful as a leader. You have access to the presentations and all the  materials. Live discussions on the Network for a complete experience! 

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    • Confidence Toolkit
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  • 25+ Audio and short trainings on visualization, mindfulness, problem solving, team building activities, emotional intelligence and more. (Value $395+)
  • The Toolkits are detailed presentations on topics to help you be more effective and impactful as a leader. You have access to the presentations and all the  materials. Live discussions on the Network for a complete experience! 

    • Set Sticky Goals
    • First 100 Days as a Manager
    • Productivity Toolkit
    • Assertiveness
    • Confidence Toolkit
    • Office Politics and more
  • Bonus: Work Smart Think Differently Masterclass (Value $199)

  • We have all heard the phrase "work smarter;" we teach you proven tools and strategies so you will know exactly what to do to get your time back, get more done and live your life fulfilled! 

    This is a 6 week course with videos, checklists and workbook.

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I have worked with thousands of leaders and professionals who want to move ahead, find a better way to lead and still have time left over for themselves. And I want to work with you! As an executive coach and performance expert I have seen what happens when leaders do not have the skills they need; they can burnout, underperform, or give up all together. Either way it is a tragedy and great loss of potential and purpose. I have a system and proven solution that will help you grow, develop, and find your own sweet spot of balance so you can enjoy more of your life.  

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