Some people are by nature curious. They may ask WHY something needs to be done. The question “why” could be also understood, by less curious people, as questioning whether the task should or should not be done at all, but that is usually not the case. Curious people just want to understand for which purpose the results or information is needed.

Curious people do some research before they start working on a matter. For some people this investigating phase can bee too long and too little results are shown initially. The good side is that they probably do not have to redo any of the work, as they have investigated the matter thoroughly.

If you as a manager have low curiosity and want to see some results straight away, you might not understand the work style of curious employees. There is nothing right or wrong in having a high or low Curiosity motive, but this can cause misunderstanding, especially when starting a new project or a new employee starting in a position.

Curiosity is 1 of 16 motives. If you want to know more, to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings in your team: Informator is conducting Reiss motivation profile trainings, please see:

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Aila Kekkonen
Certified RMP facilitator/teacher 

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