In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, underappreciated tool - one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning - deeply, imaginatively, "beautifully" - can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask "Why?"
Berger’s surprising findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning "falls off a cliff" as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning isn’t encouraged - and, in fact, is sometimes barely tolerated.
And yet, as Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking - and finding powerful answers. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them - by starting with a "beautiful question".
Berger explores important questions, such as:
A More Beautiful Question outlines a practical Why/What If/How system of inquiry that can guide you through the process of innovative questioning - helping you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own "beautiful questions".
©2014 Warren Berger (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"Michael Quinlan's narration will strike many listeners as calming. Buoyed by his near flawless diction and phrasing, his performance has the confidence of someone in total control of his craft and his connection with his listeners." (AudioFile)
There were not enough examples of the types of questions to be used. It seemed it was more of a regergatation of others questions than anythhing from the author.
No, in fact a much better alternative to this title is "Questions that Get Results" by Paul Cherry and Patrick Connor. The book has chapters built around the types of questions you are looking for with example upon example. It's available for audible download as well. :)
The book was more of a biography on questions that a business book about them. For someone that may not be in a business capacity it maybe OK but for someone looking for a lot of meat I would again suggest "Questions that Get Results."
Warren Berger is spot on with this book. His research validated all of his points and it reinforces my philosophy with the training I do with my employees on the importance of asking questions.
Yes, it really captures the heart of listening and engagement and I need help in this area. The topic isn't hard but Warren Berger makes his case and supports it as well as really demonstrates the power of questions. Would like more examples and there were a few areas where I think the book has case studies which I don't think were included in the audio version. Need to figure out a better way to do that since I think it would have added the examples that I wanted.
Easy to listen to. Engaging tone
No, too much to digest in one sitting.
A very enjoyable and provoking book. I picked it up as a resource for a project I'm on, and found it to be an inspiring book for innovation in business. Truly a must read for entrepreneurs.
This book really placed me into an excellent space of introspection. I enjoyed the many questions I was left with and have an good sense of my next set of questions and experiments in my life.
The book is really about using questions to drive innovation. Outstanding resource to have as a tool in your bag if you are management looking to inspire change, or you are dissatisfied with your status quo and are looking to push onward.
It had many references to other peoples work on innovation as well.
It was really a mind blowing book with a concept that for many can be difficult to embrace and accept, y think from now on I'll be a better questioner and will apply this book in my next startup.
I thoroughtly enjoyed listening "a More Beautiful Question". I think this goes a deeper in motivation than Simon Sinek's "Start with Why".
Questioning the present is the only way that we can create a better future. That's how most successful companies begin their ventures. They don't start a business just wanting to take your money, they start with a question on an inconvenience. They are inspired to change their lives, they want to change the world.
I think when we start questioning and begin searching for an answer (not through Google :) ), it will bring to many new questions and new outlooks in lives.
I found it hard to finish the book. I thought I was going to engage in a dialog which helped me develop more useful and relevant questions. It just fell short of what I expected.
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