The Heart Of Engagement: Curiosity

We talk about the primacy of engagement in performance within contexts like the workplace and education. Engagement is variously translated into things like compliance, motivation and loyalty.  

I would argue that the heart of engagement is curiosity, showing up with learning and discovery questions. People are most vividly engaged when they have questions that emerge from their desire to expand their knowledge, know-how and connections to what is larger than themselves. 

Every class session, every work day, every meeting can begin with inviting questions and then making sure people are supported in pursuing their curiosity. It means turning every aspect of visioning and planning into questions. There is nothing more engaging than questions, particularly as people get better at formulating their curiosity with practice and exprience.