Can curiosity lead to profit?
By: Kevin Jackson
Absolutely! Curiosity sparks creativity. Creativity leads to innovation. Innovation helps you to increase your odds of continued existence and positions you well to be profitable.
However, there is one monumental roadblock that stands in our way. It’s huge, it’s daunting, it’s ever-present! It’s something that leaders all throughout the world deal with on a daily basis.
I’m talking about when companies, organizations, governments and the people that operate them, live in and accept the status-quo! As consumers of products and services ourselves, we often notice status-quo operating in abundance. If your experiences are anything like mine, several times a week I wonder to myself how so many organizations continue to exist.
Walter Elias Disney (Walt) leveraged the power of curiosity and as a result has subsequently touched all of our lives in some capacity. The ongoing reinvention of the original Disney story makes the company itself one to be studied.
In my experience, there are five ways to combat the status-quo:
- Address, reduce or eliminate the fear of change. Easy to say, very hard to do!
- Make creativity and innovation a priority. If you don’t, you may one day wake up not having anything to prioritize!
- Get laser-focused and not only work in your business, but work on your business. Got it? Good!
- Seek answers to uncommonly asked questions. This will often result in transformational ideas for your organization.
- Trust your instinct, go with your gut and stay relevant.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also made a lot of organization’s very profitable. As leaders we must always balance our pipeline of ideas with our actual bandwidth of people, places, money and time. However, it is very clear that curiosity can lead to profit with the proper evaluation and implementation. We must do all of this to survive!
Onward and upward my friends! Now get back out there and do great things!