This is the last post that has emerged out of my reading and thinking about The Idea Hunter.
It is one of the "core ideas" from their model.
The core idea is that great leaders are curious leaders, they are inquisitive, exploring, learning, discovering kinds of people.
Great leaders are just INTERESTED in so many things.
Here is a hodge-podge of ideas for how you can become a more "interested" leader. Some of them come right from The Idea Hunter. Others are my paraphrase of stuff from The Idea Hunter. Still others are my own thoughts.
1. Ask lots of questions.
2. Listen much more than you speak (especially once you ask a question).
3. Pay attention to details that others overlook.
4. Take notes.
5. Ask why and why not - often.
6. Hang out with smart people. Make sure some of them are smarter than you are. Especially, find people who are truly smart in areas where you are not smart.
7. Be self-aware enough to know your limits, strengths, weaknesses and needs. "Be critically suspicious and skeptical about what you think you know" (me).
8. Don't ever say, "We don't do it that way around here." This kills learning. It shouts, "I am not interested in change and newness."
9. Remember, conventional wisdom is wrong - a lot.
10. Think continuous improvement and wonder what can be improved next and how will we do it?
11. Look for paradox, puzzles, conundrums, problems and mess . . . this is where some of the most fertile soil is and where you fill find some of the most interesting stuff there is.
12. Don't take up the burden of having to be original. There are few truly original people. Find good ideas and just be personal in how you can use them, tweak them, morph them and improve them.
13. Therefore . . . beg, borrow, steal (and cite) all the time. "Good artists copy. Great artists steal" (Picasso).
14. Fully engage the process. "Something magnificent happens to a curious, fully engaged mind" (Tom Peters).
15. Read. Read in your area of interest. Read outside it. Read stuff you would normally not read. "Done well, reading gives us a deeply meaningful framework for living" (M. Jackson, Distracted).
16. Prioritize life long learning. Learners are inevitably curious and interested people.
17. Regularly TRY new things. Experiment. Act. Do - new stuff. Don't be afraid of failure.
18. Relentlessly build your network of idea generating people.
19. Be a daredevil, a misfit, a black sheep - at least occasionally. Go outside the status quo, push the envelope, stir up a little trouble, buck the system . . .
20. Recognize the power of analogies and metaphors. Mix things up. Crash strange ideas and images together and see what happens.
Now, do you want to this to be a learning experience? If so, read on:
To really maximize this exercise, you want to revisit it.
Copy and paste the 20 ideas into a Word document and print it out.
Put it in your journal.
Jot down a few thoughts as to which ones already describe you.
Which ones are you really lacking.
Which ones do you need to work on and develop.
May Christ make you an ever more Interested Leader and in so doing, transform you into a really Interesting Leader.