“Try to be one of those on whom noting is lost,” wrote Henry James. His advice from The Art of Fiction sums up the spirit of choosing to be curious. It’s a decision we can make about how we live our lives and do our work.
Research has shown that curiosity improves learning, strengthens decision making, ignites innovation and is essential to growth and transformation. The good news is: like a muscle, curiosity is something you can strengthen.
Whatever you do, choose to be curious.
Choose to be Curious – A radio program all about curiosity. We feature research and theory, but mostly it’s conversations about how curiosity shows up in work in life. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Eastern time in the DC area – WERA-LP 96.7 FM. Streaming live and later on demand at wera.fm and on Mixcloud, SoundCloud, and Apple Podcasts (iTunes). Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to join the conversation. (Featured on WETA Arts, October 2016.) Curiosity is like a muscle. Think of this show as your personal trainer.
Leading with Curiosity – in development – A workshop designed with the leader in mind. In an intensive, highly interactive half-day workshop, we will look at how to use curiosity to build trust, make better decisions and ignite innovation. Choose to be curious and lead by example. Experience the power of your position in a new light–and have a little fun while you’re at it.
Cultivating Curiosity – Let’s work together to develop a facilitated session that uses curiosity as its frame. What do you want in people’s heads, hearts and hands – and how we can use curiosity to get there?
Lynn Borton is a facilitator—of conversations and transformation—with more than 25 years of experience in strategic governance and change management in the non-profit sector.
Combining the best of science, organizational learning and leadership development, Lynn is working to synthesize the study of curiosity into something we can all appreciate: an exciting path to greater personal well-being, professional success and life satisfaction. Besides, it’s fun.
For more than 20 years Lynn worked with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization), capped by a dozen years as chief operating officer. She has long focused on inclusive, interactive and iterative approaches to support leaders in achieving personal and organizational goals.
Lynn graduated from Yale with honors and a degree in Religious Studies and is proud member of Leadership Arlington Signature Program, class of 2014.
Today, Lynn hosts a radio show on curiosity and is devoting her talents to getting people thinking and talking about curiosity.
More from Lynn:
An Ivy League education is a wonderful thing, but I think I may have learned my most important lessons working in a community mental health center following graduation. In that complex and often confusing environment, staying curious was a critical skill. I learned to ask, not assume; to empathize, not judge; to appreciate the importance of world views and life experiences that were very different from my own.
Since leaving my role at NAMI, I have worked with established non-profits and emerging start-ups, traveled in Southeast Asia, plunged into the frozen Atlantic Ocean, posed as a painter’s model, sewn two quilts and taken some MOOCs, participated in a Moth Story Slam, given a LEAD Talk and trained in radio production.
In other words, I have chosen to be curious.
In doing so, I have broadened and deepened my skill sets, substantially enlarged my social and professional circles, discovered novel areas of interest, unearthed a passion and charted a new and exciting professional path forward.
I’ve come to appreciate the powerful potential of human curiosity – and I’d like to help you leverage that strength in your life and work as well. How can I be helpful to you?