Curiosity as a coaching skill

From the latest issue of Fast Company:

Michael Harvey, writing in the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, identifies curiosity as a trait that “stimulates learning and, concurrently, increases the effectiveness of decision making and quality management…” Curious leaders excel at problem solving by intuitively filling gaps “between what one knows and what one wishes to know,” and they’re so important that Harvey suggests corporations administer curiosity exams.

A reader emailed to point out this passage in Grant Wahl’s article about Vance Walberg:

“Where do innovators come from? An original idea – the new new thing – can be sparked anywhere, but the majority of college basketball’s greatest innovators share a common trajectory… they became head coaches early, often in anonymous hoops outposts. (Gives examples of Pete Carril, John Beilein, Bo Ryan and Bob Knight using their offense creations early)”

“No matter how obscure the team, when you’re a head coach, you get to tinkering with what you want.”

 

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