I came across this really good blog post by the agency Bulldog Drummond about the idea of coming into work (and life) with an open-minded attitude and a curiosity that is SO prevalent in children vs. our desire to come to work “ready to compete for attention and credit”.
People have talked about “asking why” and “question the status quo” for some time, but this post got me thinking about how we explain/think about our answers. As the parent of a 4 year old, just this morning I was asked why I was wearing jeans with green shoes (I’m cool), why she had to go to school (its fun and you learn stuff) and why it wasn’t Saturday (insert pre-school ‘days of the week’ song).
What this hourly onslaught of questions has taught me—besides patience—is to think about my answers, question the idea myself and work hard to articulate an answer in a thoughtful way that explains my argument so it can be understood (and accepted) by any audience.
Also, one of my favorite parts of the post was the section Wake Up Stupid…I’ve been doing this for years—-they just made it sound smarter (and intentional).