How uncomfortable does that headline make you feel? Welcome to intentional adaptability, the foundational skillset required to navigate and shape the future. A place where using your curiosity to challenge everything you thought to be true, is highly valued. Sound weird? Not surprising, given that as humans we are wired for certainty, it makes us feel safe and comfortable. But, what if certainty is an impediment to growth and innovation? What if we challenged our desire for certainty and instead considered the magic that lies in the complexity of the unknown?
Fifteen brave intrapreneurs, from a global giant, stepped into the unknown and trusted us to challenge their current state and practice of curiosity. What we discovered saw us eating our own IAQ™️ for breakfast.
The Curious Definition
For the purposes of the Curiosity Challenge, we defined Curiosity as:
“an interest and openness to the world, other people, and yourself”
What We Discovered
Hypothesis 1: Curiosity is the first foundational skill in amplifying the IAQ™️ of an individual, followed by Self Accountability, Focus, Courage, Human Connection and Reflection.
“We’re too busy to be curious” Busy is an epidemic and the enemy of curiosity, innovation, and fulfillment. Making it almost impossible to high-grade your IAQ™️ if you don’t start with getting curious about your 'busy'. Creating the space to focus on more of what matters, in a world where your attention is the value, is critical to embedding curiosity as a state of being. Our next cohorts in February 2019 will commence Human First Leadership with skill building in 'less busy' more focus.
Whilst curiosity is foundational to IAQ™️ the barriers participants place in the way of it relate to a strong need to build skill in the other IAQ™️ pillars, including busy (focus), courage, self-accountability, and human connection. Validating that our approach is on the right path so long as we maintain our curiosity.
Hypothesis 2: Individual's curiosity will be at an intermediate skill and will level.
Hypothesis 3: Success will look like discovering what we thought we knew was wrong.
The Curiosity Challenge was an uncomfortable success because it delivered a level of insight to both us and our client, that we could never have gained had we not trusted each other, and created the experience. Designing a safe-to-fail environment to try something totally different, enabled us to amplify our participants as well as our own IAQ™️. We are now in the process of intentionally adapting the next iteration of Human First Leadership. What a gift!
And for our client? Whilst we turned the dial up on curiosity we also turned it up on human connection “I know these people I work with so much better now.”
We're excited about our world first IAQ™️Program and the value it can bring to individuals, organisations and education providers.
We're honoured to have foundational program partners Deloitte, KPMG, Mercer, NAB, and Carey Grammar join us on the Human First Leadership journey. Curious to learn more? Take a look here or reach out and let's have a conversation.
Last week I started full time for eight weeks in the first Australian Antler Cohort in Sydney. Antler is an incubator program that focuses on creating the next wave of tech companies. They had over 1000 applicants but accepted only 71 amazing humans of which I was fortunate enough to be one. Some may consider this a success but at the end of week one, I found myself questioning if this is success, why do I feel so uncomfortable?