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Curiosity - Ian Leslie | Intangibles 004

By Steve Berg July 10, 2017

On This Episode:

Today we speak with Ian Leslie, (Twitter , Personal Website) an author and speaker fascinated with the idea and practice of curiosity. He’s written a number of books about ideas, culture, and politics, and by day is a paid consultant. He’s also previously worked in advertising and marketing. 

Show Notes:

●    How curiosity is correlated with intelligence, creativity, and innovation - and why it can be a highly useful trait for founders and entrepreneurs to develop and refine


●    Ian’s understanding of the working definition of curiosity, and his idea of what curiosity actually means


●    How companies can themselves, curious - and what benefits this can lead to


●    The three types of curiosity: Diversive Curiosity (the desire to learn new information), Epistemic Curiosity (the accumulation of knowledge about new information), Empathic Curiosity (the desire to learn about other people)


●    The idea of “need for cognition” (nfc), and how/why some people are far more curious than others


●    How the perception of curiosity has shifted over centuries, and what innovations these shifts have led to


●    How we can learn to be more curious in our daily lives


●    What breeds curiosity, and how you can create an environment as a leader in a workplace which allows for curiosity to thrive


●    The things that starve and discourage curiosity - such as fear, habit, and complacency - and why these things can kill successful companies


●    How technology and our fast-paced culture is contributing to a decline in curiosity


●    How do you spot the most curious people in an interview / hiring situation




Intangibles: A podcast about traits, behaviors, and qualities that entrepreneurs can cultivate to be successful. Find us on the web at www.intangiblespodcast.com


Antecedent Ventures: An enterprise-focused, seed-stage venture firm in NYC. You can find us at www.antecendent.vc


Dentons Venture Technology Group: Operating as a boutique within the world’s largest law firm, the venture technology group runs with hard-charging tech entrepreneurs to drive growth through strategic business, finance, and legal advice from Silicon Valley to New York, to London, Berlin, Hong Kong, and beyond. Learn more at www.dentonsventurebeyond.com


Curious - The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It: Ian’s book in which he makes a passionate case for the cultivation of our desire to know, drawing on fascinating research from psychology, sociology and business.