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The kids are all right! Rekindle a childlike wonder in jaded workers

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happy workerAs you encounter children this holiday season, take note of their wide-eyed passion for everything from snow falling to sugar cookies baking. Wouldn’t it be nice to recapture some of that zest for life, especially when it comes to work? Are there secrets children can share with us?

“Kids are excitable because every day brings novelty and there’s a surprise around every corner. Adults can fall into ruts, not because they get older, but because they get familiar with the world,” says Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

To generate more childlike excitement and curiosity in your team, Wise­­man suggests putting people in situations where they will find surprises—where their deeply rooted expectations will be violated.

“This is where learning happens and work gets interesting,” she says. For example, challenge your charges (and yourself) to:

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