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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work (Inquiry Institute Library) Paperback – June 1, 2009
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The author shares the Top 12 Questions to help you to switch from the judgmental state to a state from which you are better equipped to engage in constructive action. The question are:
What do I want?
What are my choices?
What assumptions am I making?
What am I responsible for?
how else can I think about this?
What is the other person thinking, feeling, and wanting?
What am I missing or avoiding?
What can I learn?
... from this person or situation?
... from this mistake or failure?
... from this success?
What action steps make the most sense?
What questions should I ask (myself or others)?
How can I turn this into a win-win?
Of course, there are many more questions you can ask yourself and others, and several other questions are addressed in this book.
This is a small book and you can read it probably in a few hours. The questions in this book are not exhaustive and you can find other books that go into much greater depth into the art of asking questions. However, exactly because this book is simple, short and easy-to-read, it may be a great place to start and make amazing changes by learning how to shift your state of mind from being fixated on the problem and feeling helpless, to opening the way and transforming any situation, simply by training yourself to ask yourself different questions.Read more ›
The downside to this book is the fictional story that wraps around the message: the dialog is sad, it's obvious you're being preached to, the characters are shallow, and it's over-simplified. It felt as though Ms. Adams doesn't believe her audience can follow the steps without an emotionally stunted story to make it easier to swallow.
Other leadership books employ a similar technique in a less obvious manner.
If you're interested in truly changing your leadership style, I would recommend a double-hitter of "One Minute Manager" and "Leadership and Self-Deception". Both books share a similar philosophy to "Change Your Questions, Change Your Life" but there is more meat and the stories are easier to digest.
The second half of the book is a workbook that actually goes through lessons for how to follow the Question-thinking method. By the time I got to this point, I was pretty tired of all the rainbows and unicorns and didn't get much out of it. I didn't really find anything completely new to try from this method. I may not have seen the same buzz words or flow charts as the book, but the concepts were not new. The book included content that seemed mostly like common sense. Keep an open mind about people and don't make assumptions. I think I would have learned more from this section if I hadn't struggled through the first half of the book before it. In summary, this is an overly optimistic book without much unique advice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reviewing my notes and looking at the highlighted sentences, this book is a gem. The basic advice and framework is there are two types of people when it comes down to asking... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Robert Kirk
This is on my top 10 list of life-changing books. Simple and easy to understand and story format makes it engaging and easier to grasp and apply the principles being taught. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Tracy B
I loved this book. Came highly recommended by my boss. I have since lectured on it via a power point I copied and modified from the net. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rey
Disclaimer I had to buy this book for class. It covers a decent concept of Question Thinking in the worst possible way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard
I have read the book and listened to it via Audible. I was not sure what to think of this book at first. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michelle Dickson