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A more beautiful question : the power of inquiry to spark breakthrough ideas

Author: Warren Berger
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Berger
ISBN: 9781620401453 1620401452
OCLC Number: 849210352
Description: 260 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why questioning? --
The power of inquiry : If they can put a man on the moon, why can't they make a decent foot? ; What can a question do? ; What business are we in now, and is there still a job for me? ; Are questions becoming more valuable than answers? ; Is "knowing" obsolete? ; Why does everything begin with why? ; How do you move from asking to action? --
Why do we stop questioning? : Why do kids ask so many questions? (an how do we really feel about that?) ; Why does questioning fall off a cliff? ; Can a school be built on questions? ; Who is entitled to ask questions in class? ; If we're born to inquire, then why must it be taught? ; Can we teach ourselves to question? --
The why, what if, and how of innovative questioning : Why ... : Why do we have to wait for the picture? ; Why does stepping back help us move forward? ; Why did George Carlin see things the rest of us missed? ; Why should you be stuck without a bed if I've got an extra air mattress? ; Why must we "question to question?" ; What if ... : What if we could map the DNA of music? ; What if your brain is a forest, thick with trees? (and what if the branches touches?) ; What if you sleep with a question? (will you wake with an answer?) ; What if your ideas are wrong and your socks don't match? ; How ... : How can we give form to our questions? ; How do you build a tower that doesn't collapse (even after you put the marshmallow on top?) ; How can you learn to love a broken foot? ; How might we create a symphony together? --
Questioning in business : Why do smart businesspeople screw up? ; Why are we in business? (and by the way, what business are we really in? ; What if our company didn't exist? ; What if we could become a cause and not just a company? ; How can we make a better experiment? ; If we brainstorm in questions, will lightning strike? ; Will anyone follow a leader who embraces uncertainty? ; Should mission statements be mission questions? ; How might we create a culture of inquiry? --
Questioning for life : Why should we "live for the questions? ; Why are you climbing the mountain? ; Why are you evading inquiry? ; Before we "lean in," what if we stepped back? ; What if we start with what we already have? ; What if you made one small change? ; What if you could not fail? ; How might we pry off the lid and stir the paint? ; How will you find your beautiful question?
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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"--

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