• Sarah E. Brown

Get Curious About Curiosity with Dr. Diane Hamilton

For individuals, leaders, and companies to be successful, they must determine the things that hold curiosity hostage.


A high turnover rate is one symptom of disengaged employees. How does an organization effectively foster engagement, innovation, and productivity in the workplace?


Exploring one’s inner curiosity and challenging the status quo, asking questions, allows finding and bringing solutions.


Dr. Diane Hamilton is a Business Behavioral Expert. She is the Founder and CEO of Tonerra, and Co-Founder of DIMA Innovations, which are consulting and media-based businesses.


She is a nationally syndicated radio host, keynote speaker, and the former MBAProgram Chair at the Forbes School of Business. She has authored multiple books that are required in universities around the world, including Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential.


She is the creator of the Curiosity Code Index® assessment, which is the first and only assessment that determines the factors that inhibit curiosity.


In this episode, Dr. Diane talks about the need to constantly dig deep into our inner curiosity to move from a place of complacency towards maximizing our human potential, why learning what things inhibit our natural levels of curiosity open up opportunities, and how questioning ‘why we do what we do’ triggers us to improve our behavior and performance.


What you will learn from this episode:


  • Learn how to tap an individual’s curiosity to improve behavior, performance, and develop a productive workplace culture, and unlocking human potential

  • Find out how Disney got a solution to their high employee turnover rate and brought back employee engagement at work

  • Determine the factors that hold curiosity hostage in the areas in your life


"Curiosity is the spark to innovation, drive, and motivation."

- Dr. Diane Hamilton



Valuable Free Resource:


Curiosity Code Index™ (CCI) Training Course

For SHRM certification

Visit: curiositycode.com



Topics Covered:


02:28 - Status quo thinking - a struggle that leads to complacency and not moving forward to achieve one's goal and why is it important to ask questions and not just go with the flow


06:53 - An issue of profound impact big businesses get into before seeking out help


09:42 - The 'Curiosity Code Index' - what inhibits curiosity? How Diane created this to fix what is stopping curiosity in organizations


11:52 - How 'Curiosity Code Index' provided a solution to Disney's employee turnover


13:36 - One actionable free tip that will help you understand curiosity better: Write down the things about 'why we do things the way we do and why we don't do things differently. This is a self-assessment of some sort that will help you create action plans to move forward in your life


16:51 - What happens to curiosity as we age? There is a need to fuel it especially at this time of quarantine to release dopamine to make us feel better. This is a time to explore your curiosity other than just binge-watching Netflix


Key Takeaways:


“If we can think about ‘what's coming next’, and question, 'why do we do things this way?’, 'Why don't we do things some other way?' We could have a lot more preparation in the future in all situations.” - Dr. Diane Hamilton


“There are four factors that inhibit curiosity. And it's the acronym of FATE, which stands for Fear, Assumptions, which is really the voice in our head, what we tell ourselves, Technology, the over-under reliance of it, and Environment.” - Dr. Diane Hamilton


“When you emulate what you want others to act like, you really can open them up to doing what you need them to do.” - Dr. Diane Hamilton



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