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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Canada; Sixth Impression edition (2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1443413186
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443413183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Forbes George on February 23, 2013
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A rather simplistic approach to getting on the success track . . . leans toward pop-psychology . . . some great anecdotes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Tun on November 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book by a savvy and intelligent journalist. Lang has tapped into how we think and how we can change our thinking in order to build our entrepreneurial talents. It is personal, professional and entertaining all-at-once. Using examples of known successes brings credence to her theories and examinations of how our minds can encourage or frustrate our creativity. Great book!
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By Fred Rankine on January 8, 2013
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Highlighted the many opportunities that enable people to achieve their dreams. "The Pwer Of Why" made one think of activities that they could do to improve their chances of success.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Cheung on August 17, 2013
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Amanda Lang is a Canadian journalist so her vantage point is close to home. When you live in a country where our entire population essentially equals that of the state of California, it's nice to read something "local".

Lang explores an idea that in itself isn't really new. It's timeless, fascinating and can be consistently reapplied: the idea that if we don't ask "why", we are dead in the water. I got a little stuck when she made a parallel between Eve "innocently exploring" how an apple tastes with an "innocent drive to innovate". But for the most part, Lang makes valid points about the necessity of innovation. When we stop experimenting and asking questions, we fail to grow and thrive and move forward. Technology is accelerating- so must we.

Her book is full of personal anecdotes (she `innovated' a way to jog up a long hill without stopping: she stops before the ascent to catch her breath) and stories of entrepreneurship (why didn't the new Coke work? Why did Kodak fail? How did shrimp researcher Addison Lawson figure out a way to increase production and thereby contribute towards the problem of world hunger? Why did Toronto business, Prairie Girl Cupcakes, succeed?). I think Lang is at her best when she traces her journey through a momentous career change as a young adult. It took a lot of experimentation, self-reflection and the asking of hard questions for Lang to make the leap from architecture to journalism. Evidently, we the reader get to benefit from the effects of that particular innovative moment. Point made.

It's an inspiring read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reg Nordman on February 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Being a TV personality does not do a person any favors as the medium lessens the impact of the real person. Witness this good book. It is thoughtful, surprisingly delightfully fresh and well written. Lang also does what Christensen does - she makes notes that are as useful as the text. This is a serious book that will change the way you think (as David Chilton said) .For me it was the comment about being a problem finder rather than a solver that opened my eyes. All Canadians can learn from this. I would advise every leader, educator and parent to buy this book and inculcate its ideas in everyone you come across. In a field full of books on innovation, this one stands very tall. Great for a flight from SF to New York.
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