The Power of Curiosity

Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison explains that getting ahead in your career isn’t about what you know—but about leading with your curiosity.

Learning agility. It’s a well-known predictor of success—far more than educational pedigree, IQ, how fast someone has been promoted, or any other yardstick of achievement. People who are learning agile apply past experiences and lessons learned to new and first-time challenges.

Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison, author of Lose the Resume, Land the Job, defines learning agility in a word: “curiosity” (that is, having a real hunger for learning). See his presentation to Howard University students, where he explains why being agile—especially when it comes to learning and adapting—is the key to greater success.