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Questions Are the Answer

A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life
Narrated by: Rick Adamson
Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
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What if you could unlock a better answer to your most vexing problem - in your workplace, community, or home life - just by changing the question?

Talk to creative problem solvers and they will often tell you the key to their success is asking a different question.

Take Debbie Sterling, the social entrepreneur who created GoldieBlox. The idea came when a friend complained about too few women in engineering and Sterling wondered aloud: "Why are all the great building toys made for boys?" Or consider Nobel laureate Richard Thaler, who asked: "Would it change economic theory if we stopped pretending people were rational?" Or listen to technologist Elon Musk, who routinely challenges assumptions with questions like: "What are people accepting as an industry standard when there’s room for significant improvement?"

Great questions like these have a catalytic quality - that is, they dissolve barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. Often, the moment they are voiced, they have the paradoxical effect of being utterly surprising yet instantly obvious.

For innovation and leadership guru Hal Gregersen, the power of questions has always been clear - but it took some years for the follow-on question to hit him: If so much depends on fresh questions, shouldn’t we know more about how to arrive at them? That sent him on a research quest ultimately including more than 200 interviews with creative thinkers. Questions Are the Answer delivers the insights Gregersen gained about the conditions that give rise to catalytic questions - and breakthrough insights - and how anyone can create them.

©2018 Hal Gregersen (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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This book is worth your time

Questions Are the Answer is both like and unlike other business books. It is personal and philosophical while advocating for business strategies to establish or enhance an organization's capacity to innovate. It ends up not exactly asking big questions ("How will you measure your life?" is one that comes to mind), but challenging readers to do so. Hal Gregersen is an extraordinary person, judging from this book. I'm so glad I read it!

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Masterpiece

Thanks for writing this book Hal , Will go as top book in my decesion making books

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So glad I read this

This book really pushes my boundaries as a leader. It helped me realize the power of questions. It has strengthened my practice and leadership skill set.

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Are you ready?

This is an excellent book that is hard to put down once you start. It's engaging and makes you think about many things. You won't be disappointed with this excellent book.