1. Children have no fear - until it is assimilated (learned) or experienced. How often do you make decisions or take chances (calculated risks) at work?
2. A child thinks of creative ways to take uninteresting objects or thoughts and turn these into mysterious discussion or discoveries. Are you an innovator? What's your next big idea?
3. Children make social connections boundlessly their ability to connect with others is not based on a system of bias or prejudice. How many opportunities have you missed to connect with clients or colleagues because of preconceptions?
4. A child makes unique and unexpected discoveries and then re-visits these for further investigation - children will hypothesize and seek to find answers - the 'WHY' syndrome. How creative are you? How often do you visit those first (and perhaps whacky) ideas you had?
5. Children begin learning journeys of 'information relevant' and 'information irrelevant' everyday. Their quest for interesting and motivational (encouraging, fun or playful experiences) is unlimited. Children are rarely focused on the negative experiences - 'information irrelevant' - notice when a child cries over a toy for a number of minutes (and yes quite possibly hours) yet when the next best thing is visible they'll happily recollect their emotions and play with the new toy. Their lack of stereotypes, bias, prejudice etc. often results in better, pleasant or positive experience - 'information relevant'. Are you open minded or still hung over the last bad decision or negative experience?
6. Children are observant and present in the now miracles or mysteries they are rarely concerned about the future. If you could take your child version of you to work and just focus on the 'business at hand' or the 'now moments’ you'll soon realize that the stresses and strains of the new era or modern times in life are less prominent thus allowing you to be more interested in present ‘business moments’. How often do you really focus at work? Do you listen or are you planning your journey home during that appraisal or meeting?
7. Children have compassionate tendencies - they share and develop. Are you a leader or manager? How often does your inner child remind you to smile or ask your employees or team how they are or feel? Do you include them in your decision making process or at least offer the opportunity? Often children will share their smiles with strangers; notice how this changes you when a child sneaks a smile your way? Do you smile back or think awwww how cute? Well this is their way of reminding you that you're human and sharing a smile or toys (-workplace ideas) could lead to better, positive and productive possibilities or outcomes. Are you a compassionate leader or manager?
Do you have a file in your mind for "All the Things I've Wanted to Try At Work..."? If you could take your inner child to work what would you change?