A More Beautiful Question

A More Beautiful Question

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Book - 2014
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"The Harvard Business Review looked at 300 of the most creative, successful executives in business and found that they shared a number of tendencies and characteristics, but one stood out at the top of the list--they all were master questioners. It's not necessity, but a question--a "beautiful" question--that is the mother of invention. The world's leading innovators, inventors, business entrepreneurs, and creative minds, seem to be exceptionally good at asking questions. For some, their greatest successes--their breakthrough inventions, hot startup companies, the radical solutions they'd found to stubborn problems--could be traced to a "beautiful" question, or series of questions, they'd formulated and then answered. Innovator and writer Warren Berger, who's been asking questions his entire life, brilliantly captures these innovative query-makers to try and determine what makes a question particularly beautiful, from Tim Westegren wondering how to "map the DNA of music," a project that would grow into the wildly successful Pandora internet radio service, to Abby Brown, creating a school desk with a raised seat as she thought about how she could accommodate some fidgeting students. As A More Beautiful Question will illustrate, whether we're solving tough personal or professional problems, rejuvenating businesses, or schools, or government, or re-inventing the ways we live... it all begins with asking the right questions"--
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620401453
Branch Call Number: 658.403 B4536M 2014
Characteristics: 260 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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

I have recommended this book more that any other book I've ever read. I LOVE questions and it was fun to read the author's passion for teaching others how to ask useful questions in a structured way. As an avid questioner I suppose that I am highly biased towards enjoying this book. 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 the 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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