06 Dec Curiosity vs Bias
By Andy Chevis, Managing Consultant, LIW
This is the second in our series of bleets on how we need to change ourselves in order to make the 2020s a ‘grey’ decade: less black and white, more curiosity and more connection to our fellow humans inside and outside work.
Let’s face it, curiosity is tough. It’s exhausting fighting our brain’s built-in coping mechanisms. In the age of information we develop biases just to manage the overload.
However, bias causes us to hold a fixed position, reducing our curiosity. Research also tells us that bias is often unconscious and impossible to remove.
Otto Sharma argues that to be truly curious we need to listen with an ‘open will’ but that’s easier said than done if we don’t even realise bias is getting in the way.
What does this mean for leadership?
Curiosity enhances learning, understanding different perspectives so we can shift our own to co-create better outcomes. Invaluable if we want to innovate and grow.
If we can’t remove bias, the next best thing is to be conscious of it and stop it getting in the way.