What is this?
Why does it happen?
Let's do it again.
Any parent of young children would surely have had to answer the same question about the same topic over and over again. Children are in a continuous exploration and experimentation mode, and this is all part of their brain learning about the world. The repetition allows the information to sink into their brain. The voicing out loud makes the information more real. The questions from different angles, what is it, why does it happen, how does it work, when will it be done, all shows the intricacies of the young mind exploring the vast world they live in.
Working executives can make these young children their example, and not settle by thinking their know everything about the world or their environment. Sure, you are an expert in your area of work, but it is always good to remind oneself that everyday is a learning day and you can learn from anything or anyone, if you have the right attitude and exploration mode of a child.
In fact, asking question, the right questions, will not only let your mind grow, it will also let the people around you think you know your stuff well. Repetition in the working world can be seen as iterative improvements in how we do something. Why keep sending the same report week on week, when you can continuously improve the way you present the data.
Is there a important project you are working on right now? Are you asking the right questions? Are you asking all the questions? Can you continuously iterate and improve the way you tackle the project? Start learning from young children and get into the exploration mode.
Share your thoughts about how you went into exploration mode in the comments, I love to hear from you.
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"Parenting is the new MBA: Succeed at work by applying parenting skills” is a column that combines 2 distinct areas of my life: my professional view on workplace management & my personal experience as a parent.