- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632861054
- ISBN-13: 978-1632861054
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- Average Customer Review: 226 customer reviews
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"Questions have literally moved mountains, powered rockets, and instantly developed images . . . Berger focuses on what he calls ‘Beautiful Questions’ . . . ‘that can lead to game-changing answers and results. These are questions that, once raised, tend to get people thinking in a different way." ―Steven Heller, The Atlantic
"A fascinating look at the power of questioning to ignite change--in our companies, schools, careers, and in our daily lives." ―Huffington Post
"One closes Berger’s book newly conscious of the significance of smart questions." ―The New York Times Book Review
"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
"This potential game-changer will help readers identify where opportunities lie and how to seize them." ―P ublishers Weekly
"This thought-provoking book offers important insights." ―Booklist
"A practical testament to the significance of the questioning mind." ―Kirkus Reviews
"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 bestselling 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
About the Author
Warren Berger has studied hundreds of the world's leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. His writing and research on questioning and innovation has appeared in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Wired. He is the author of The Book of Beautiful Questions and the internationally acclaimed book Glimmer, an in-depth analysis of creative thinking that was named one of Business Week's “Best Innovation & Design Books of the Year.” Berger has appeared on NBC's "Today Show," ABC "World News," CNN, and NPR's "All Things Considered." He lives with his wife Laura E. Kelly in Westchester, New York. www.AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com.
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I often find that books meant to help people innovate (particularly in business) have decent points to make but tend to make the same point over and over. Here Mr. Berger reminds us of the inquisitiveness of children and explores why we lose this ability as we age. Then he encourages us to bring back this ability in business, in life, and in education where he repeats the same variation on the theme over and over. However, as he keeps saying we need to question more, and as he provides some techniques to do so, he can’t say when or how exactly we should be doing this because, in fact, sometimes we shouldn’t be asking questions, we should be acting.
Still, as I said before, there is definite value in the point Mr. Berger is trying to make and many of the anecdotes from life and business that he brings in to make his point are interesting, though I’m not sure about all the asides. However, for a reader who wants to be reminded of the importance of questioning, this is a good place to begin.
There is something delightful about looking at something that seems so obvious and simple, but is far from simplistic, in detail. Berger goes through the vast swaths of research and evidence on question formation and innovation and blends it seamlessly with anecdotes, observations and questions...lots and lots of questions. To 'live the title' of the book, the text is organized around questions and, at least with the Kindle, the questions are hyperlinked to explanations at the back about their origin and relevance. This feature was wonderful and frustrating -- but largely due to technology. I read using a Nexus tablet, but my preferred reader is the original Kindle. On that latter device, the linking becomes a frustration in that it is sometimes hard to get back to your place. But that's a small point.
Berger's style of writing is engaging, balancing conciseness with informality, and using enough revisiting of ideas in different places in the text to thread ideas throughout the narrative, but not too much to feel repetitive. I loved this just as I loved Glimmer.
What a reader will take from this is that questions are important, that the best (and most consistent) innovators, leaders and scientists are typically great at asking questions and not just providing answers. Indeed, Berger makes the case that the question and answer are inextricably linked showing dozens of examples of how the habits of questioning lead to exciting outcomes. He also offers a challenge to anyone involved in education -- which, he'd argue is nearly everyone in this age of change and ongoing learning -- to examine how questions are encouraged and discouraged to shun curiosity. This has enormous implications and, as we see, gets replicated in our businesses and other organizations.
If this book does anything for you I hope it gets you to ask better questions and enjoy not always having answers. Taken to heart, the message of paying attention to the questions -- living the questions if you will -- is one that may have profound consequences on your life, work, and learning.
Is not just a book about change for change's sake, either. Revolution minus reason is not the goal. Innovation requires perseverance, personal motivation, and a specific need. Questions.
This book is great for high schoolers, college students, adults, innovators, mechanics, doctors, teachers, administrators, lawyers, janitors, jailers, pilots, housewives, politicians, clergy, nurses, therapists, zoo keepers, authors, artists, tv producers, scientists, secretaries, salesman, farmers, grandparents, godparents, new parents, never parents, and in a nutshell: any person who thinks, wonders, acts, and lives on this planet.
Might be interesting as a book club read. Certainly good as a book re-read. Am off to pick it up again. Am eager to re-read the narrative of the man whose personal "why" transformed the world of prosthetics. One of many Beautiful questions.