Curiosity in the Workplace, with Alison Horstmeyer, Ph.D.

“Curiosity is so aligned with intrinsic motivation — it is self-directed. You choose to be curious. You choose to make the pause.” ~ Alison Horstmeyer

This is a show all about curiosity. We talk about research and theory, but mostly it’s conversations about how curiosity shows up in work and life — and this week, we manage to cover them all! Alison Horstmeyer, Ph.D. is a talent development facilitator, executive coach, and humanistic researcher with particular interest in workplace curiosity.

Her research on curiosity in a VUCA world [volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous] drew me to her — and her real-world workplace experience on how this all plays out kept me with her. I think it will do the same for you.

Spoiler alert: it’s a hopeful view — and our curious brains are built for these VUCA times!

Listen to Choose to be Curious #135: Curiosity in the Workplace, with Alison Horstmeyer

Find Alison Horstmeyer at USC’s Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking and check out this Forbes article.

Check out my related conversations: Capturing the Bandwidth of Curiosity with Todd Kashdan and The Craft of Creativity with Matt Cronin and here’s Todd Kashdan on the five dimensions of curiosity.

Theme music by Sean Balick; “Front Runner” by Union Hall, via Blue Dot Sessions

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