Curiosity fares poorly in the business world. Like creativity, curiosity is something that every company says it wants from employees — before throwing up barriers to prevent or contain it.
Some of this is cultural. We have always viewed curiosity with skepticism. Our foundational stories, from Pandora to Adam and Eve, speak to the idea that folks will be punished for their curiosity.
But last fall the Harvard Business Review trumpeted the trait in a cover story entitled “The Business Case for Curiosity.”
HBR said that new research points to three critical insights: