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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas Paperback – September 13, 2016
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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
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1632861054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1632861054
- Product Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.75 x 8.52 inches
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; Reprint edition (September 13, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
However, he is giving us plenty to work with so that we too, could start creating our own beautiful questions, at home, at school, at work or wherever we may be.
I too agree with many readers--these books from Warren--about questions and the habit of questioning, should be mandatory at all schools--I dare to say, from grade school all the way up to PHD level. God knows we need it. It will help us tremendously if we do so--in all cultures/countries. Get this book and read it--you will love it. I sure did.
By the way--Amazon always comes through great on all my orders--and this time was no exception--Received used book in excellent condition, thank you Amazon.
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This is another example of lazy, shoddy production.
22 tracks but none have been given a different title. That's right. Each has the same title as the source book.
This means that if you listen and want to go backhto a particular section to relisten to it, you're in for a frustrating time. It's not good enough when it could be structured by chapter title.
To improve: After reading this book, I felt that the author stretched way too much the ideas. There were moments that I was thinking, "Why Is he repeating the same repeatedly? I've got your point!". So many long examples to explain a point that could be summarised for a better reader engagement. This is an over 200 pages book that that could easily be a 70-to-100-page book.
AMBQ will help organisations to put the philosophising back into what they do. To understand more about how their future could be as a business through the questions they start to ask today.
The only question you need to ask is why you didn't buy and read this book earlier!