Curiosity is the desire to explore and find things out— the foundation of all development and innovation.That makes it a valuable factor for success in any workplace.
Intellectually curious people are capable of thinking beyond the role they were originally hired for, and a new study from Oregon State University shows that people with a high degree of curiosity in personality tests perform better at creative tasks. Those whose curiosity was highly diversified—that is, curiosity combined with an interest in exploring unknown topics and learning something new— were also more likely to come up with creative solutions to a problem.
As Design Director at Lego, Magnus Göransson worked to develop a corporate culture that encouraged innovation, creativity and playfulness. He has been asked many times, “How do you create an innovative environment?” And of course the companies asking that question always hope the answer will be: “Do this…”. But it’s not quite that easy, Göransson says.
“Innovative thinking and culture are connected with playfulness, but Lego has a bit of a leg up there because its whole business concept is play. Of course a company that wants to create good, innovative and playful products like Lego has to have a playful corporate culture.”
But if playing isn’t your business concept, if it’s something dull and boring instead, then how do you become innovative? According to Göransson, it’s about incorporating playfulness in every meeting and corporate event and showing that the management supports this.
“That makes it okay to be more playfulat the company, to bring up clever ideas, to wear colorful clothes and dare to do things differently.”
One basic necessity for being innovative as a company is to build in mechanisms that allow employees to dare to be innovative in the corporate culture.