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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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Berger emphasizes the power of inquiry as he challenges us to see things with a fresh eye. He concentrates on game-changing questions, those that can result in actions that lead to real results. The author focuses on innovation and invention stories, explaining that in business, questions challenge authority and disrupt established structures, processes, and systems, forcing people to at least consider something different. Berger offers his framework for problem solving in three stages. The initial “why” stage involves seeing and understanding, which include noticing what others missed and challenging both our own and others’ assumptions. The second, “what-if,” stage is about imagining that blue-sky moment of questioning when anything is possible; and the third, the “how to” action stage, is about doing. Asking the right questions will help us discover what matters, what opportunities exist, and how to find them. This thought-provoking book offers important insights to executives, and to those aspiring to leadership, for their business and personal use. --Mary Whaley
“We know that the art of asking questions is at the heart of discovery in science, philosophy, medicine―so why don’t we extend that power to all areas of our lives? The thoughtful, provocative questions Warren Berger raises in this book are indeed the kind of ‘beautiful questions’ that can help us identify the right problems and generate creative solutions.” ―Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human
“In the old economy, it was all about having the answers. But in today's dynamic, lean economy, it's more about asking the right questions. A More Beautiful Question is about figuring out how to ask, and answer, the questions that can lead to new opportunities and growth.” ―Eric Ries, New York Times best-selling author of The Lean Startup
“In this wise book, Warren Berger shows us how crucial it is to question every aspect of our lives, from business to school to our choice of toothpaste. My question: Why wouldn't you read this book?” ―A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author and Esquire columnist
“The genesis of many great startups is the simple question, ‘Wouldn't it be cool if?' Warren Berger helps you understand the power of questions to change the world. Real men ask questions, they don't spout out answers.” ―Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist at Apple and author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur
“Berger presents a simple three-part framework, the 'Why-What If-How' model , to guide effective inquiry.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“This thought-provoking book offers important insights to executives, and to those aspiring to leadership, for their business and personal use.” ―Booklist
“A practical testament to the significance of the questioning mind.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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I have had it in my head that I am not supposed to ask why questions. That this supposedly gets you stuck in the past, on who is to blame, on explanations. But when you ask, "why am I doing this? " you are really looking for intention. So I have put back "why" into my toolbox after reading this book.
Another useful thing was the discussion about how business sees asking questions as a waste of time and a distraction from acting. I have not been a fan of the old "just do it" thing and this reinforced why I am uncomfortable with it. A quote from some other book - "action without strategy is stupid!"
So overall a very powerful and practical book. No academic ivory tower "let's just sit here and theorise and make our selves sound smart by asking lots of questions" type of stuff.
Many times as we advance in our careers, we stop asking questions because we think we know everything. We see this with many experts. However, we need to do the opposite to remain relevant. As David Hackett Fischer said, questions are "the engines of intellect – cerebral machines that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry." If we want to be successful, we need to strive to be the people that ask questions and fuel the engines of intellect that convert curiosity into controlled inquiry.
A More Beautiful Question provides a framework for the reader to do just that.
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