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Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask | [Michael Marquardt]

Leading with Questions: How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask

In Leading with Questions, internationally acclaimed management consultant Michael Marquardt shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success. Throughout the book, he demonstrates how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and much more.
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Publisher's Summary

In Leading with Questions, internationally acclaimed management consultant Michael Marquardt shows how you can learn to ask the powerful questions that will generate short-term results and long-term learning and success. Throughout the book, he demonstrates how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and much more.

Based on interviews with 22 successful leaders who lead with questions, this important book reveals how to determine which questions will lead to solutions in today's complicated business world.

©2005 Michael J. Marquardt (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In Leading with Questions, Michael Marquardt maps the future of leadership. ‘The leader of the past was a person who told,’ Peter Drucker once said. ‘The leader of the future will be a person who asks.’ Read this book if you want to see the future." (Robert Kramer, Director, Executive Education Programs, American University)

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    Anshum Novi, MI, USA 05-14-10
    Anshum Novi, MI, USA 05-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Less than impressive"

    I had very high expectations from this book. I had hoped to learn some useful techniques in improving my technique of posing questions. I was disappointed to find out that 90% of book only talks about the importance of asking questions. It would not be an overstatement that this 6 hour book can be summarized in less than 20 minutes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-04-10
    Robert 10-04-10
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    "A rough read"

    First, I'll say that I think the content of this book is important, and that although it was painful, I learned something and it had made me think about my interactions with my co-workers. That being said:

    1) The book could have been a lot shorter. It was very repetitive, and many sections were just lists, which don't read well. Was this a 1 hour PowerPoint that got expanded into a 7 hour book?

    2) I expected this to be narrated well, since it was read by the author. However, his reading was so slow and halting that it was hard to believe that he had written the words given his apparent unfamiliarity with them. I have to believe that he was the victim of a bad coach who insisted that he slow down, unfortunately to the point of going below the tempo of natural speech.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    07-28-10
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    "Terrible Read"

    The narration on this is horrible. Content is long and belaboring. I listened to the whole book, but gave up interest after the first 2 hours. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-12-13
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Book, maybe a better read though"

    A very interesting take from a different perspective. I never really thought about learning and essentially leading from asking questions but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Overall, I found the writing and material to be outstanding and I definitely learned a great deal but with that said, I definitely struggled listening to the narrator’s voice. Also, the part on the Boston Red Sox racism during the 1950s was very intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roman Saint-Petersburg, Russia 11-04-12
    Roman Saint-Petersburg, Russia 11-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't finish, repetitive and lacks substance"

    I was interested in buying this book because I love asking questions and wanted to learn more about how to ask the right ones. Nothing new here. This book is not worth the credit. It's highly repetitive and is based on a very shallow interviews of executives of companies that are not necessarily even successful (the author himself says he interviewed the ones who their colleagues thought were successful, not the market). All of the information that this book contains could be laid down in a blog post. The narration is fine, but it doesn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Glenwood, IL, United States 03-16-12
    Aaron Glenwood, IL, United States 03-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leading with Questions to be better than the print version?

    Not applicable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leading with Questions?

    Chapter 4: Asking the right questions (In Audible, it's chapter 5)


    What didn’t you like about Michael Marquardt’s performance?

    Reading was too slow and less than eloquent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good ideas, but very repetitive with few actual examples.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mani Wallingford, CT, United States 11-20-11
    Mani Wallingford, CT, United States 11-20-11

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    "Concept could have been delivered more effectively"

    I have to agree with some of the other reviewers. Bad narratives and plethora of examples to explain the leading with questioning culture is not necessary. While, someone like me can recognize the importance of the questioning culture in the first 2 chapters, I would have appreciated more examples and coaching.

    It is still a good book to listen or read if you have the patients.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John nashville, TN, USA 06-09-10
    John nashville, TN, USA 06-09-10
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    "Great Content - Very Valuable"

    Great content, well organized around a important theme. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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