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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 4: Asking the right questions (In Audible, it's chapter 5)
Reading was too slow and less than eloquent.
Good ideas, but very repetitive with few actual examples.
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.
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