Curiosity might have killed the cat but it is thanks to this very trait that your team will benefit most. A reasonable dose of curiosity on the part of your team members will ensure good communication, openness and, by extension, sticking to deadlines.

How to get team members to do their best and make them genuinely interested?

Check out: Increase Your Team’s Curiosity





  • take into account – take into consideration
  • overcompensate – take excessive measures in attempting to correct or make amends for an error, weakness, or problem
  • withhold – refuse to give (something that is due to or is desired by another)
  • interrogate – ask questions of (someone, esp. a suspect or a prisoner) closely, aggressively, or formally.
  • genuine – truly what something is said to be; authentic
  • implicit – implied though not plainly expressed

Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • What is a typical statement-question ratio for a typical team leader?
  • How do effective teams work? What can be achieved by combining transparency and curiosity?
  • What’s the difference between being and not being genuinely curious?
  • How do leaders overcompensate not asking questions and what effect does it create?
  • What are the dangers of asking rhetorical questions?
  • Describe the difference between unilateral control and mutual learning mindsets.


Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the correct forms of the words in bold.

Research shows that in ________ EFFECT teams, members share their own views and ask others their views. By combining ________ TRANSPARENT and curiosity, teams keep the ________ DISCUSS focused, get all the information on the table, learn why members have ________ DIFFER views, and create ________ SOLVE that take into account all team members’ perspectives. As a result these teams have stronger performance and better working ________ RELATION.

When leaders learn that they aren’t asking question, they often ________ COMPENSATION by asking a lot of questions and ________ HOLD their own views. This leaves team members feeling interrogated rather than engaged.


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