This is what I know. Leaders need to be curious and they need to think like skiers. Skiers look for the open spaces. Open spaces are chock full of possibility. Trees and rocks and logs will stop us in our tracks, but the open spaces let us run free and discover. The open spaces are where we get to use our imaginations and create.
Back in the day, communities had barn raising events. A barn is a huge and somewhat complicated structure to build, and required a lot of people power, so the family that needed the barn would prepare and organize as much as possible in advance and on the chosen day loads of people from their community would show up to do the heavy lifting and hammering.
I'm fully exercising my curiosity this week by exploring a new place I have been curious about for many years, Haida Gwaii BC. Haida Gwaii (meaning land of the Haida) is an archipelago off the coast of BC and considered to be a magical and sacred place. I arrived last night and just drove to the end of a road where I found a pristine place to camp right by the water. I am super excited to learn about the area and Haida traditions and history.
This post is the first in a series to sneak a peak at what you will find in my new book about Curiosity, which will be available in print and e-book this summer! I will send out a new teaser each week or two and pretty soon there will be info on how to order. the book. Curiosity is more than a buzzword in education and leadership. It’s a way of being that we all have inside us, and when we let it out it makes life richer and a lot more fun. It also allows us to be more creative and innovative which in today’s world will help us stand out in a crowd.
It’s happened to all of us…more than once. We get the question, “if you could be any animal would what you be?” (and I include birds, fish, etc in possible answers) Well, we may know what we want to be, but what are we really? I mean, it’s cool to be a jaguar or a lion, or it would be wonderful to be a horse but I think we all embody the spirit and character of some species other than human, and it’s different for all of us. I happen to be an albatross.