Friday, May 26, 2017

"The Skill of Curiosity"

Korn Ferry is a huge job placement firm. We call them “Head Hunters”. Korn Ferry has over 7,000 employees in 50 countries. In other words, when it comes to hiring people, they know what they are talking about.

A college degree or an advanced degree is a must to succeed in our culture. Science, engineering, or math degrees are tickets to opportunity. A degree in philosophy may affirm that a person is intelligent and articulate but they will find a cool reception from the job market. The work force is specialized and becoming more so almost daily. Digital skills are of primary importance, not philosophy.

For a person to succeed in our economy, what is the most important skill? According to Korn Ferry, it’s curiosity. The sophisticated crowd calls it “learning agility”. It is characterized as an insatiable appetite to discover, learn and broaden one’s cultural menu. The hirers say that the number one predictor of success is learning agility. How fascinated is this person with broadening their perspective on life? Curiosity is a huge asset. The hard skills are a must. They too change and evolve.

The reality is that curiosity will enable the next big thing. Curiosity about the meaning of life is part of our challenge too. The Psalmist said, “O taste and see that the Lord is good.”


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