Curiosity at Work, with Helen Chamberlin

“Some people didn’t like me asking questions…” ~ Helen Chamberlin

I first got interested in curiosity as a management tool in my role as chief operating officer at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a national grassroots nonprofit organization. NAMI had about 80 employees and nearly 1,000 mostly volunteer-led affiliates  when I was there — and it was basically my job to know everything. 

But I became convinced I was better at my role if I didn’t know everything, and came at the work with curiosity instead. 

So I made myself a student of the subject. I’ve been studying it ever since…

Do others in comparable roles feel the same way, I wondered? What lessons have they learned?

Helen Chamberlin is executive director of the Rehoboth Beach FIlm Society, in Rehoboth Beach, DE. She joins me to consider curiosity at work…

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