The Curious Employee & Seeds of Innovation

Curiosity (from Latin curiosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care”) is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species.

No matter whether you are a small company or a large organization, hiring talent is a big challenge. If you are a startup, the definition of talent itself is hazy

Answer this – who would you hire and why?

  • The guy who knows it all – he is the person who matches the JD, i.e. Job Description. In short, the ‘skilled’ employee.
  • The enthusiastic dude who probably isn’t good as the other guy – but is willing to learn. He is curious about the business and wants to explore more.

Who would you hire? The ‘exciting answer is (b), while the logical answer is (a). Or, maybe the real answer lies somewhere in between?

What is Curiosity?

Curiosity (from Latin curiosus “careful, diligent, curious,” akin to cura “care”) is an emotion related to natural inquisitive behavior such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in human and many animal species. – wikipedia

Curiosity is when you look at child’s toy and wait for it to break, so that you can open up and understand the ‘engineering’ within.

Curiosity is when you stay awake the whole night to watch Steve Jobs live talk announcing a new ‘toy’.

Curiosity is when you look at a gadget and say ‘can I make it work better?’. or just open up your PC and see how does it look from inside?

Curiosity is when a blogger keeps looking out for interesting stuff, going beyond what is available to general public.

Curiosity is the seed for creativity, for innovation in any company. Only a curious soul will come out and say ‘Why? Why not?’.

Curiosity drives innovation because curious individuals are more open to learning and experimentation. Sometimes they can irritate you as well [haven’t you seen few guys just doing crazy stuff without knowing what it will lead into?], and that’s the risk with such individuals.

Curious Dude - Lateral Thinking
The Curious Dude & Lateral Thinking

Apart from finding curious folks, challenge with companies (big or small) lies in tapping into the talent of these employees and driving it in certain direction.

What’s your take on being curious? How do you handle such curious individuals?

Do share your experience.

And aside, if you are a curious soul and new startups/toys/gadgets excite you, do get in touch [ashish @ NextBigWhat.com].

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