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From Brian Grazer at ChangeThis: Curiosity is an incredible tool. But what I realized, what really inspired my desire to write A Curious Mind with Charles Fishman, is that most people don’t use their curiosity with a sense of purpose and understanding—with insight about curiosity itself.
Curiosity is the key to understanding people’s personalities and motivations.
Curiosity is a vital storytelling tool—and storytelling is the best way to engage and persuade other people, in your work life and your personal life.
Curiosity is a fantastic source of courage.
Curiosity is the best, most under-used management tool—a great way to create engagement in your fellow works, but also a great way to transmit values and priorities.
Curiosity is the spark for creativity and innovation, the best long-term investment you can make.
Curiosity is the best way to stay connected to those who are most important to you.
Curiosity, in fact, turns out to be a quiet superpower that all of us have. You don’t need an Ivy League education to use it, you don’t need a high-speed Internet connection.
What’s curiosity done for you lately? We’re betting it hasn’t done enough.
From ICG: They show why a system can be so maddeningly complex, especially when its parts are examined in isolation to others and to their environment.
From Smashing Magazine: Following the market’s demand for minimalistic and consistent UIs, and the growth in modular web development, we tend to pay more and more attention to documentation and the efficiency of designer–engineer workflow with each project we undertake. Also, since the documentation process is often the weakest spot for modern web teams, we’re constantly looking for the right tools to help us.
Living style guides help front-end developers transform front-end code bases into well-described pattern libraries with the minimum of effort. But to make them really efficient, we need to choose the proper tools — so let’s have a closer look at what our community has to offer.
From NY Times: What makes a great leader? Knowledge, smarts and vision, to be sure. To that, Daniel Goleman, author of “Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence,” would add the ability to identify and monitor emotions — your own and others’ — and to manage relationships. Qualities associated with such “emotional intelligence” distinguish the best leaders in the corporate world, according to Mr. Goleman, a former New York Times science reporter, a psychologist and co-director of a consortium at Rutgers University to foster research on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence. He shares his short list of the competencies.
Throughout his long career, Brian Grazer has made a sideline practice of informally interviewing intriguing people from all walks of life. “For 35 years, I’ve been tracking down people about whom I was curious and asking if I could sit down with them for an hour,” he explains. These conversations, and the motivations behind them, are explored in Grazer’s new book “A Curious Mind.” In it, the authors discuss the depths and potential of curiosity and share the experiences Grazer has had sitting down with Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol, Isaac Asimov and countless others.
Whether these conversations, and the human subjects involved, were hopeful, scary, inspiring, courageous, covert or comical, they were always illuminating; and Grazer hopes the book will spur others to begin asking more questions. “Curiosity isn’t just impertinent, it’s insurgent,” he says. “It’s revolutionary.”
From Podio: Turns out great minds don’t think alike. Discover how some of the world’s most original artists, writers and musicians structured their day, based on ‘Daily Rituals’ by Mason Currey. Filter the different categories by toggling on or off, and hover over the colored bars to learn more about the daily routines.