A More Beautiful Question

A More Beautiful Question

eBook - 2014
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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, under-appreciated 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: Why aren't we nurturing kids' natural ability to question?and what can parents and schools do about that? Since questioning is a starting point for innovation, how might companies and business leaders begin to encourage and exploit it? And most important, how can each of us re-ignite that questioning spark?and use inquiry as a powerful means to rethink and reinvent our lives? 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."
Publisher: [S.I.] : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014.
ISBN: 9781620401460
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeJane Jan 10, 2017

This book was filled with good questions (of course) but thought-provoking theories and inspiring examples as well. The content relates to business, education, training, and one's personal life. I have already shared some of my takeaways with others and know that I'll go back to this again and again.

ArapahoeRachel Nov 08, 2016

As an avid questioner I suppose that I am highly biased towards enjoying this book. I have recommended this book more that any other book I've ever read. I LOVE questions and it was fun to read through the author's passion for teaching others how to ask useful questions in a structured way. It discusses the power of inquiry and presents it as an undervalued and dying art. The main applications presented are in the business and academic world. I loved this book and wrote down several of my own follow-up questions. The author got me thinking about the disservice that the common core is for our children by only offering them answers without allowing them the freedom to ask their own questions and discover a passion for learning about their own interests.


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ArapahoeJane Jan 10, 2017

"Part of the value in asking naïve questions, Bennet says, is that it forces people to explain things simply, which can help bring clarity to an otherwise complex issue. 'If I just keep saying, "I don't get it, can you tell me why once more?," it forces people to synthesize and simplify---to strip away the irrelevances and get to the core idea." p80


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