Dr. Diane Hamilton

Dr. Diane Hamilton

I am the creator of the Curiosity Code Index assessment, author of Cracking the Curiosity Code, former MBA Program Chair at Forbes School of Business, radio show host, and an international speaker.

Location United States


  • @magonzalez@ravenpack.comGonzálezGonzález so many people try to reward others with the things they find personally motivational. That does not mean it will work for others and we need to question others to know what motivates them.

  • @RosemaryHarris It is so important for leaders to recognize how they react to "failure" ...

  • @ErinB Dan does a great job. I hope you all get a chance to check out his other work.

  • @OliviaLorensene There are so many things that curiosity improves including work life, engagement, innovation, motivation, and so much more that leads to productivity!

  • @SAMUELLOH There is definitely a difference between IQ and EQ! If you have watched The Big Bang Theory television show, you might remember the character of Sheldon. He exemplifies someone with a high IQ and a low EQ.

  • @HemalThakore That is definitely one of his most-often cited examples of his belief of curiosity. I love it!

  • People often ask me how I define curiosity. I look at it as more than just seeking out new information. Curiosity in the workplace is about getting out of status-quo behaviors that limit us. What are some things you do just because they have always been done that way?

  • What do you think comes first? Curiosity or creativity? Curiosity or innovation? Curiosity or motivation?

  • @magonzalez@ravenpack.comGonzálezGonzález All interesting things! I like that you included the elevator. That doesn't always get mentioned. :)

  • @DiegoCosioBarto those are all fascinating people! I admire people who do not let fear get in their way! What do you all think made them different than most of the rest of us?

  • @JayneChambers I love that you brought up getting stuck in our own heads. We often neglect to ask "why do we do things this way?" What are some other questions we should be asking?

  • @SAMUELLOH There are so many innovative things that have impacted education. Some say AI like ChatGPT an hurt curiosity. How does everyone here feel about that?

  • @StephanieS. I like how you broke this down for everyone. I would be curious to hear from others when they became curious due to survival mode?

  • @VeneshaW Our fear can be very limiting. Our assumptions, or the voice in our head, is a big factor that can lead to fear. If we can recognize that voice and what it tells us, that is a big first step!

  • @SAMUELLOH That puzzling out, helps us develop empathy and understanding of other people's perspectives. Behaviors are one of the most interesting things to study. We often believe others think just like we do, but we are often incorrect in that assumption.

  • @DiegoCosioBarto Many of the issues organizations struggle with are impacted by curiosity. Creativity is one. Other issues include innovation, engagement, and so much more!

  • @VeneshaW it is interesting to consider the things we tell ourselves. Some of that inner voice comes from our childhood experiences. While we cannot change what happened in the past, we can recognize the impact it has had on us. Is it more important to be great at something or to experience something?

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    @FabíolaFurtado I just got back from Stonehenge, which was quite an experience. I was endlessly curious about how that was created and who created it. I would love to hear from others who have encountered some unusual things from history that made them curious.

  • @ChrisLovett I have taught a lot of classes where students ask to be on a team with people they have worked with in the past. I turn them down because they would miss out on experiencing new team members. They often come back and thank me for not moving them. What impact have you all seen from changing one team member to someone new?

  • @StephanieS. There is definitely an opportunity cost of not asking questions. Other than engagement, what are some other opportunity costs of not developing curiosity?

  • Dr. Diane Hamilton replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @FabíolaFurtado Questioning can lead to empathy. How do you know what kinds of questions to ask?

  • Dr. Diane Hamilton replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @FabíolaFurtado I also think it is so important to recognize that organizations can get into status-quo behaviors that can lead to so many problems. If they open up the potential for people to ask questions and provide solutions, consider the end results!

  • @SAMUELLOH I love those questions. Does anyone else want to add to this list?

  • @SAMUELLOH I am always sorry to hear that. I would like to see more organizations recognize that people are hired for the knowledge and fired for their behaviors.

  • Dr. Diane Hamilton replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @FabíolaFurtado So glad you enjoyed the video. Having a positive attitude can be critical. How can exploring curiosity with a mentor help you develop your attitude?

  • @SAMUELLOH I am so glad you have found this useful. How curiosity ties into EQ can be so critical. I am curious how many of you here have had EQ training at work?

  • @DiegoCosioBarto I had some of the best training I have ever had when working in the pharmaceutical industry. Some of those larger organizations really do a nice job with promoting curiosity.

  • @SWEEHUATONG What is interesting about that is each EI researcher has a little different way of describing the factors that inhibit curiosity. Even Daniel Goleman changed his factors as he explored it in more depth. Why do you think it might be challenging to define the things that impact a behavior?

  • @SergioRodriguez I like that analogy. If you don't use it, you can lose it. We saw that children had very high levels of curiosity until they reached around the age of five. What kinds of things do you think might make children lose some of their curiosity?

  • @TennelleGilfoil Empathy is a big part of emotional intelligence. To gain that empathy, we must ask questions. What kind of question do you all think would help you develop empathy?

  • @JayneChambers I think a lot of people like the feel of a paper. I still get the Wall Street Journal as a paper. However, I think sometimes we can hold on to past things and sometimes miss new even better things. What are some of the best TED talks you all have listened to and what did you like about them?

  • @VeneshaW ...yes, fear comes up quite often. I thought it would be the biggest factor, but my research showed there were four factors and they were pretty even in how much they impacted us.

  • Dr. Diane Hamilton replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @FabíolaFurtado There have been endless discoveries because people have looked for solutions to problems like the one you mentioned. Thanks for sharing. Does anyone else have any great stories like this?

  • @VeneshaW How do you think they should go about doing that?

  • @JoLewis That is such a great Edison quote. I'm curious if anyone else has any quotes that inspire curiosity they would like to share?

  • @TerriB You bring up an important point about how one strategy does not always work for everyone. How can we determine the things that motivate people?

  • @JayneChambers Such a great quote. I have had guests on my show who stated that 85% of what we fear never happens anyway. How do we get ourselves to focus on the positive rather than the negative?

  • @VeneshaW it was interesting to learn that there was more than just fear that held people back from exploring their curiosity. How would you help someone look at the fear as excitement instead of worry?

  • @JoLewis It can be very helpful to know what others' preferences are so that you can interact with them in the way in which they prefer. How do you think you can know more about their colour/color or preferences without having them take an assessment?

  • @VeneshaW Such an important point! I think we sometimes forget the opportunity cost of not doing something. What have any of you missed out on because you didn't do something?

  • @HemalThakore There are a wealth of quotes that really capture curiosity. I love this one! Does anyone else have one they like to share?

  • That is a terrific quote. Thanks for sharing! It is hard to find someone more curious than Da Vinci!

  • @VeneshaW It is great that you took some time to list the reasons! What can be even more important is to also list the ways you will overcome those issues. Does anyone want to share what they are doing to overcome the things that make you rely too heavily or not heavily enough on technology?