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

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  • @ThomasP It seems many of us have had unpleasant childhood experiences. Siblings can be especially cruel. It can really help to recognize that just because they might have been older, they weren't necessarily wiser.

  • @MichelleLicina It can be very challenging to hold back on our judgement of others. When we ask questions, it can help build our empathy and explore other people's perceptions. For those of you who have not read Carol Dweck's book about mindset, I highly recommend it. If anyone here has read it and wants to share their insight about what they learned from...

  • @AngelikiApostolaki What a great conversation starter! There can be bad curiosity like the kind that looks into drugs. However, in this course, we are looking at focused curiosity that can lead toward potential. I believe it can be taught if we can discover the things that inhibit it. What things have inhibited your curiosity?

  • @TanHoang I am glad you mentioned having the opportunity. What are some ways that leaders can provide that opportunity or what are ways leaders have given you that opportunity?

  • @ThomasP I have met a lot of people who lack confidence because they have had their ideas shut down in the past. Sometimes as leaders, we are unaware of what our followers have experienced from past leaders. How can we uncover those issues that have impacted confidence?

  • @MichelleLicina I love Amy's work. She gets to the heart of what builds culture. Are there any other TED talks that have inspired all of you to be more curious?

  • @ThomasP That is interesting that you found that true about their values. I am an ESTJ on Myers-Briggs and if you have a high T, and I have the highest, you make your decisions based on facts/figures and not your values. It would be interesting to see if your leaders had a high T or a high F on that dichotomy.

  • @NidhiNandagopal There are often people around us who incentivize us to do certain things. Our family might suggest some career paths, etc. What kinds of environmental things have motivated you down a path?

  • @HamishDelves You make an excellent point about how we can be in a hurry and forget to look for alternatives. I see this a lot in project management, where they just focus too much on the end product and forget to ask if they are getting there the best way!

  • @ErinB Amy Edmondson's TED talk is a great explanation of the value of curiosity to helping with collaboration. How can asking open-ended vs. close-ended questions be important?

  • @ThomasP Curiosity is a big part of gaining empathy which helps you get along with people. Great point!

  • @ErinB I have a 9-month-old Labrador and he is pretty curious too! Upbringing can have a big impact on our curiosity. That falls into the environment category. It is interesting to see how our personality can have an impact as well. Two people raised in the same house can have different experiences. We have more than just our family who influence us. ...

  • @ThomasP That is a common expression. It is like "curiosity killed the cat". Sometimes we hear expressions that we buy into without really thinking about them. I see a lot of older systems used in the medical field. I believe there are a lot of opportunities to exercise curiosity. How can we get leaders in companies to see the value of trying something new?

  • @NidhiNandagopal You bring up an great point about being comfortable. Status-quo can be comfortable and yet it can also be boring. I meet a lot of people who tell me they are bored, but they don't want to give up that status-quo comfort. What advice would you give them?

  • @ParisaSmith That is a very common thing I hear. I am glad that you overcame your fear and found something that delights you!

  • @JohnTurner I think a lot of people avoid the uncomfortable as well. However, by doing that, we can end up bored and disengaged at work. How can we develop our interests in a slower way that keeps us curious and not too uncomfortable?

  • @RonPiper I would like to see people developing their sense of empathy. How can asking questions do that?

  • @ErinB That is wonderful that you have such aspirations. How can we get people to recognize that their lack of motivation can be impacted by their level of curiosity?

  • @AreejH-W I love that they got to the bottom of what you feared. That is what we often neglect to do. We make assumptions about what we think others fear. That is why it is critical to ask yourself what you fear. What other things might you fear at work that have held you back from asking questions or exploring?

  • @JohnTurner I have met some great leaders who walk the walk and ask questions that might make them look like they do not know everything. That helps them seem human and also encourages others to do the same. How well have your leaders done in terms of sharing that they did not know everything?

  • @AreejH-W you brought up an important point about being scared of the answer. It is not unlike our health. We might fear what we hear, but if we don't hear it, we can't fix it. What questions have you feared asking that could have helped you succeed at work?

  • @UGOACHONWA-ODILI I look at developing curiosity as getting out of status-quo thinking. How can we recognize if we are stuck in that kind of thinking?

  • @CristinaGias that is a great thing to discuss. If we ask questions, we can sometimes be labeled as a busy-body. However, leaders believe they encourage questions more than employees feel the leaders really want them. How can we as leaders encourage more curiosity?

  • @JasonAskew That is an excellent question. I think we neglect to ask questions like that due to our thinking that we have somehow failed. However, I think the best things I have learned are through exploring my "failures". What did you consider a failure that really might have just been a learning lesson?

  • @JohnTurner I spent a long time researching perception for my last book. I see it as a combination of IQ, EQ, CQ (curiosity), and CQ (culture).

  • @AreejH-W I was told that statement as a joke as a kid, but it does have some undertones that makes you think you shouldn't talk when someone says that, even when it is a joke.

  • @NurmiPangesti There is speculation about our cultural upbringing. Men have been in the working world for longer and could have more confidence because of that.

  • @STAVROULACHANTE I'm glad you liked it.

  • Hi @AdaAboaba ... I think a lot of people fear not getting what they need to begin a new business. I had a guest on my show recently who talked about the loss they will experience later when they realize they should have accepted that fear for the reward later. You mentioned curiosity and agility. What have your leaders done to encourage your curiosity at...

  • @AndrewJones Thank you. I think she does a great job with her research. Engagement is such a hot topic. If we continue to have so much research about topics like engagement, curiosity, communication, etc., why do you think we do not improve in those areas more?

  • @JohnTurner It is always nice to hear about people who have managed to hold onto their natural curiosity. This is a a question for everyone ... what impact do you think your family had in keeping and developing your curiosity?

  • @AdaAboaba - Fear holds so many people back because of financial reasons. I can remember feeling I had golden handcuffs. However, when I finally left, I actually made more money.

  • @JohnTurner it can be easy to underestimate the challenge of cultural change. How does perception play a role in that complexity?

  • Thank you, @AndrewJones ... I appreciate that you mentioned Dr. Bandura. He is such a legend. I'd love to hear what other speakers and authors others liked here?

  • @RonPiper Environment plays a very big part in our curiosity. It is interesting how some families like Steve Wozniak's helped him and yet Elon Musk's father was very negative and still didn't stop him. Sometimes our environment can help us if we are an "I will show you" kind of person. However, many of us are inhibited by it. What can you do to help your...

  • @TimBarrance I think giving and receiving feedback can take some practice to feel good about it in the end. When we encourage questioning, we encourage empathy which is a bit part of gaining perspectives other than just our own. What can you do to improve empathy?

  • @RonPiper I think it is very challenging to motivate people when they lack interest in something. That is why it is critical to allow exploration to determine if there is interest. So many people shut down and decide they don't like something because they let things hold them back from exploration. We will get into that later in this course. What kinds of...

  • @MartaD Environment covers a lot of ground. Some of these things can overlap like our environment can lead to our assumptions that could lead to our fear of technology. Wow, that is a lot! What can we do as parents to ensure we don't inhibit our children's curiosity?

  • @JuanEspinoza I am so glad you took the time, even if it was free, to explore. What did you find the most interesting about it?

  • @RonPiper Teachers definitely get to see the joy of curiosity! I love that comment from your pupil. What kinds of things can teachers say to questions like that to encourage more of that kind of exploration?

  • @YilmaAkalu You are welcome!

  • @AndreaBallesteros curiosity is critical for success. How does curiosity help us get out of status-quo behaviors?

  • @FlorenceKabugo It was interesting to learn more about how often curiosity came prior to so many of the issues we try to work on in the workplace. I think to know people's motivation, we have to ask questions and allow them to ask questions. What questions would spark your motivation at work?

  • @SnehaKumariPrajapati That is great that you have such a natural sense of curiosity. We all have our passions that we like to follow. Sometimes people can become narrowly focused or just go in certain directions. What can you do to ensure that you widen your scope of interests?

  • @AngelaTopping I hear a lot of people incorporating curiosity into their teams. I work with large organizations around the globe to help them with this. How will you get them started on their curiosity journey?

  • @SulakshanKumarSharma What do you think is behind that self-doubt?

  • @BensonAyabe I think having a good foundation in certain subjects like math can pave the way for future careers. I had an amazing algebra teacher when I was 12 that made me love math. Just as people can turn us off to interests, they can also inspire them.

  • @SarahGibson I am so glad you enjoyed Amy's TED Talk. I think she bring sup some great insights about collaboration. I have had some amazing teachers as well. I love the dancing! I'm curious who else here has had a teacher who made a difference?

  • @UGOACHONWA-ODILI You brought up an important point about taking deliberate steps. Sometimes we need to recognize the staircase to take steps. What kinds of things have you done in the past to recognize the things that hold you back?

  • @NiaThomas I think a lot of people hear the word curiosity and don't really consider its impact. For me, it was a lot about getting out of status-quo behaviors. When we stay in one place the world can pass us by. How will you avoid status-quo thinking?

  • @EamonnO'Connor I have had some great teachers who taught me to question things. What would you tell your kids if they came home saying their teacher would not answer their questions?

  • @RichardTontsch I think the news can be challenging because there can be some entertainment mixed in with it. How can we use critical thinking to determine what is more factual and what is more entertainment?

  • @JohnStuart Thank you! I am glad you found it helpful!

  • @ClaudiaMassi I am glad you found this course interesting! I think TED is one of the best sites for learning new things. What great TED talks have any of you watched that you think others might enjoy?

  • @DavidGwynJones I like that you are open to new discoveries. How do you think that curiosity can impact status-quo thinking?

  • @NiaThomas I like Shakespeare a lot as well. I find that I become more curious about different things as I learn new things. It is kind of like a domino effect. What things have you researched that led to new areas of interest have you discovered from looking into those initial areas?

  • @DavidWatkins That is such a great comment. Sometimes we use words that really are not fitting of what we mean. He was in a role that should have been a leading role, but I agree he was much more of a manager. What would you consider Steve Jobs to be? He would be very rude to people at time, and he would do it in front of others. I think that there are...

  • @PromodeHewagamage Some of the greatest minds like Einstein, Gates, Buffet, Jobs and others have all said that curiosity was critical to their success. Oprah and many of the top Fortune 500 women CEOs echoed the same sentiment. Do you think that curiosity led to their success or do you think that their success led to their curiosity?

  • @MohammadAsifSandila The amount of money that is lost due to low engagement is a hot topic for good reason. I have worked with Novartis who compared their engagement numbers prior to and after working on curiosity within their employees. They saw a dramatic improvement. What incentives have worked best to get you to be more curious?

  • @NiaThomas Congratulations on completing your thesis. It would be interesting to see how much more research you could fine. Feel free to share any of it with me at diane@drdianehamilton.com ... And any of you on LinkedIn who would like to tag me with some great curiosity research. I'm happy to chat there as well. I hope you enjoy the emotional intelligence...

  • @AnnaM that is such a great article! Empathy is so critical to success at work. We all have had bosses who could improve their level of empathy. Which of these three types of issues do you think your bosses could have improved? We should all be thinking about which of these we need to work on more as well.