• Questions Are the Answer

  • A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life
  • By: Hal Gregersen
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (132 ratings)

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Questions Are the Answer

By: Hal Gregersen
Narrated by: Rick Adamson
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A 2018 Nautilus Book Awards Silver winner.

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 Jeff Bezos, whose relentless approach to problem-solving has fueled Amazon’s exponential growth: “Getting the right question is key to getting the right answer.” 

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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All you need is the title

No real value in reading the book, you get it after 5 minutes and then it’s 1000s of the same example

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point gets made early

not a lot of new information after the first few chapters. if you stick with it, you're into it and it's a lot of preaching to the choir.

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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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first half was good, second half "meh"

Found the practical examples and tactics useful in the first half. Second half was some tactical but more examples of questions leaders asked or how they fostered fresh thinking in different context. To me it's "meh" because the examples didn't feel novel, so it felt like you're listening to stories you've already heard.

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Good stories but lacking HOW TO

There are pages after pages elaborating that good questions are the game changer and how it affected successful companies. Personally I missed some advises on how a good question is structured and what are the building blocks.

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one idea on too many pages

good questioning is essential and I'm glad this book exists. yet, all pages somehow converge and what can be said in few pages goes on and on. shorter is better.

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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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Learning that asking Questions opens up so many other avenues that.you would never have considered to explore

Loved the context in how Questioning came about for the different people and industries. and the practical ways it can be implemented.

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This one was rough.

This book is mostly self promotion. What the author has done and who he’s met.

There was very little in the way of useful information.
The actual useful content is about one chapter worth.
The rest of the book was self promotion and name dropping.

I definitely cannot recommend this book to anyone.

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no useful information

I’m sorry I bought this book. I could not find anything useful here. I do not even know whom this can be beneficial for. I wish i could refund my money

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