Curiosity propels the careers of many executives. By thirsting for information and opinion from their peers and employees, top managers can make better decisions.
Bill Kanarick has always enjoyed asking questions—and it has served him well. He’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sapient Corp., a global services company based in Boston.
EL: What lessons have you learned about?
Kanarick: You have to seek to satisfy your curiosity. It’s about having more questions than answers. I can remember being in my parents’ house when they were moving out and we found my report card from when I was a 6-year-old kid. My teacher wrote, “Bill can be disruptive because he never stops asking questions.”
EL: But asking too many questions can annoy others.
Kanarick: Over time, you learn that there are questions that are more high-gain than not. Exploration is a funnel-like exercise where you start very widely a...(register to read more)