A More Beautiful Question

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401460

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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To get the best answer-in business, in life-you have to ask the best possible question. Innovation expert Warren Berger shows that ability is both an art and a science. It may be the most underappreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infancy-and then abandon as we grow older. Critical to learning, innovation, success, even to happiness-yet often discouraged in our schools and workplaces-it can unlock new business opportunities and reinvent industries, spark creative insights at many levels, and provide a transformative new outlook on life. It is the ability to question-and to do so deeply, imaginatively, and “beautifully.” In this fascinating exploration of the surprising power of questioning, innovation expert Warren Berger reveals that powerhouse businesses like Google, Nike, and Netflix, as well as hot Silicon Valley startups like Pandora and Airbnb, are fueled by the ability to ask fundamental, game-changing questions. But Berger also shares human stories of people using questioning to solve everyday problems-from “How can I adapt my career in a time of constant change?” to “How can I step back from the daily rush and figure out what really makes me happy?” By showing how to approach questioning with an open, curious mind and a willingness to work through a series of “Why,” “What if,” and “How” queries, Berger offers an inspiring framework of how we can all arrive at better solutions, fresh possibilities, and greater success in business and life.
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A More Beautiful Question

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1620401452

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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To get the right answer--in business, in life--you have to ask the right question. Innovation expert Warren Berger shows it's both an art and a science.
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A More Beautiful Question

The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

ISBN: 9781632861054

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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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."
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A More Beautiful Question

The Spiritual in Poetry and Art

Author: Glenn Hughes

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826219179

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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As more and more people in North America and Europe have distanced themselves from mainstream religious traditions over the past centuries, a “crisis of faith” has emerged and garnered much attention. But Glenn Hughes, author of A More Beautiful Question: The Spiritual in Poetry and Art, contends that despite the withering popularity of faith-based worldviews, our times do not evince a decline in spirituality. One need only consider the search for “alternative” religious symbolisms, as well as the growth of groups espousing fundamentalist religious viewpoints, to recognize that spiritual concerns remain a vibrant part of life in Western culture. Hughes offers the idea that the modern “crisis of faith” is not a matter of vanishing spiritual concerns and energy but rather of their disorientation, even as they remain pervasive forces in human affairs. And because art is the most effective medium for spiritually evocation, it is our most significant touchstone for examining this spiritual disorientation, just as it remains a primary source of inspiration for spiritual experience. A More Beautiful Question is concerned with how art, and especially poetry, functions as a vehicle of spiritual expression in today’s modern cultures. The book considers the meeting points of art, poetry, religion, and philosophy, in part through examining the treatments of consciousness, transcendence, and art in the writings of twentieth-century philosophers Eric Voegelin and Bernard Lonergan. A major portion of A More Beautiful Question is devoted to detailed “case studies” of three influential modern poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and T. S. Eliot. In these and its other chapters, the book examines the human need for artistic symbols that evoke the mystery of transcendence, the ways in which poetry and art illuminate the spiritual meanings of freedom, and the benefits of an individual’s loving study of great literature and art. A More Beautiful Question has a distinctive aim—to clarify the spiritual functions of art and poetry in relation to contemporary confusion about transcendent reality—and it meets that goal in a manner accessible by the layperson as well as the scholar. By examining how the best art and poetry address our need for spiritual orientation, this book makes a valuable contribution to the philosophies of art, literature, and religion, and brings deserved attention to the significance of the “spiritual” in the study of these disciplines.
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CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People

Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovati on

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101478063

Category: Design

Page: 352

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An illuminating journey through today's fascinating world of design. What can we learn from the ways great designers think-and how can it improve our lives? In CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People Warren Berger, in collaboration with celebrated designer Bruce Mau, revolutionizes our understanding of design and unlocks the secrets of the trade. Looking to the creative problem-solving work of design professionals, Berger reveals that design is a mindset, a way of looking at the world with an eye toward improving it. The practice of design-thinking opens readers to their innate capacity for reimagining the world around them.
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The Art of Asking

Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers

Author: Terry J. Fadem

Publisher: FT Press

ISBN: 9780132703796

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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Ask the Right Questions in the Right Ways...And Get the Answers You Need to Succeed! Discover the core questions that every manager needs to master...how to avoid the mistakes business questioners make most often...ten simple rules for asking every question more effectively. Learn how to ask tough questions and take control of tough situations...use questions to promote innovation, drive change, identify hidden problems, and get failing projects back on track. Ask better questions, get better answers, achieve better results! “Required reading for every leader who wishes to see his or herorganization flourish and career progress.” Garry A. Neil, MD, Corporate Vice President, Johnson & Johnson “Asking, listening, understanding the real meaning of the answers, and taking actions based on facts are really the essence of managing. This book has helped me in connecting the dots in my understanding (and lack thereof) of why things really did not work the way I expected them to.” Pradip Banerjee, PhD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xybion; retired partner, Accenture “The framework and techniques provide outstanding ideas for executives to both gain better information and develop the analytical skills of their teams.” Terry Hisey, Vice Chairman and US Life Sciences Leader, Deloitte We’ve all met the corporate inquisitor: the individual whose questions seem primarily intended to terrify the victim. The right goal is to solve the problem--and to build a more effective, collaborative organization where everyone learns from experience, and nobody’s too intimidated to tell the truth. That means asking the right questions in the right ways. This book will teach you how to do precisely that. Terry J. Fadem shows how to choose the right questions and avoid questions that guarantee obvious, useless answers...how to help people give you the information you need...how to use body language to ask questions more effectively...how to ask the innovative or neglected questions that uncover real issues and solutions. You’ll learn how to adopt the attributes of a good questioner...set a goal for every question...use your personal style more effectively...ask tough questions, elicit dissent, react to surprises, overcome evasions, and more. Becoming a better questioner may be the most powerful thing you can do right now to improve your managerial effectiveness--and this book gives you all the insights, tools, and techniques you’ll need to get there. Evaluate your current “questioning” skills... ...then systematically improve them Choose better questions... ...and ask them the right way Ask tough questions more effectively Get at the truth, uncover the real problem, and solve it Master the crucial nonverbal aspects of asking questions Finding your best style and the right body language
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Glimmer

How Design Can Transform Your Life, and Maybe Even the World

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101149507

Category: Design

Page: 352

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This title has been removed from sale by Penguin Group, USA.
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Leading with Questions

How Leaders Find the Right Solutions by Knowing What to Ask

Author: Michael J. Marquardt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118830105

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 1143

Many leaders are unaware of the amazing power of questions. Our conversations may be full of requests and demands, but all too often we are not asking for honest and informative answers, and we don’t know how to listen effectively to responses. When leaders start encouraging questions from their teams, however, they begin to see amazing results. Knowing the right questions to ask—and the right way to listen—will give any leader the skills to perform well in any situation, effectively communicate a vision to the team, and achieve lasting success across the organization. Thoroughly revised and updated, Leading with Questions will help you encourage participation and teamwork, foster outside-the-box thinking, empower others, build relationships with customers, solve problems, and more. Michael Marquardt reveals how to determine which questions will lead to solutions to even the most challenging issues. He outlines specific techniques of active listening and follow-up, and helps you understand how questions can improve the way you work with individuals, teams, and organizations. This new edition of Leading with Questions draws on interviews with thirty leaders, including eight whose stories are new to this edition. These interviews tell stories from a range of countries, including Singapore, Guyana, Korea, and Switzerland, and feature case studies from prominent firms such as DuPont, Alcoa, Novartis, and Cargill. A new chapter on problem-solving will help you apply questions to your toughest situations as a leader, and a new “Questions for Reflection” section at the end of each chapter will help you bring Marquardt’s message into all of your work as a leader. Now more than ever, Leading with Questions is the definitive guide for becoming a stronger leader by identifying—and asking—the right questions.
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Ask More

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

Author: Frank Sesno

Publisher: AMACOM

ISBN: 0814436722

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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An Emmy-award-winning journalist reveals how to ask the QUESTIONS that make a difference. What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make smart decisions? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time. Questions help us break down barriers, discover secrets, solve puzzles, and imagine new ways of doing things. But few of us know how to question in a methodical way. Emmy-award-winning journalist and media expert Frank Sesno aims to change that with Ask More. From questions that cement relationships, to those that help us plan for the future, each chapter in Ask More explores a different type of inquiry. By the end of the book, you’ll know what to ask and when, what you should listen for, and what you can expect as the outcome. Packed with illuminating interviews, the book explains: How the Gates Foundation used strategic questions to plan its battle against malaria How turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problems How NPR’s Terry Gross uses empathy questions to dig deeper How journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountable How creative questions animated a couple of techie dreamers to brainstorm Uber Both intriguing and inspiring, Ask More shows how questions convey interest, feed curiosity, and reveal answers that can change the course of both your professional and personal life.
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Humble Inquiry

The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

Author: Edgar H. Schein

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers

ISBN: 1609949838

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 144

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Communication is essential in a healthy organization. But all too often when we interact with people—especially those who report to us—we simply tell them what we think they need to know. This shuts them down. To generate bold new ideas, to avoid disastrous mistakes, to develop agility and flexibility, we need to practice Humble Inquiry. Ed Schein defines Humble Inquiry as “the fine art of drawing someone out, of asking questions to which you do not know the answer, of building a relationship based on curiosity and interest in the other person.” In this seminal work, Schein contrasts Humble Inquiry with other kinds of inquiry, shows the benefits Humble Inquiry provides in many different settings, and offers advice on overcoming the cultural, organizational, and psychological barriers that keep us from practicing it.
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A Beautiful Question

Finding Nature's Deep Design

Author: Frank Wilczek

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143109367

Category: Science

Page: 448

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A respected physicist presents a survey of related discoveries, from Plato and Pythagoras up to the present, that explore how intertwined ideas about beauty and art are with scientific understandings of the cosmos.
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The Art of Asking Questions

Studies in Public Opinion, 3

Author: Stanley Le Baron Payne

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400858062

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

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While the statisticians are trying to knock a few tenths off the statistical error, says Mr. Payne, errors of tens of percents occur because of bad question wording. Mr. Payne's shrewd critique of the problems of asking questions reveals much about the nature of language and words, and a good deal about the public who must answer the poller's questions. For public opinion pollers, census takers, advertising copywriters, and survey makers of all kinds this book will be a tool for the achievement of more reliable results. Originally published in 1951. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
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Making Questions Work

A Guide to How and What to Ask for Facilitators, Consultants, Managers, Coaches, and Educators

Author: Dorothy Strachan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118047273

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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This book is an invaluable desk reference for facilitators, leaders, coaches and anyone who wants to engage in more effective learning and decision-making conversations. It offers over 1700 rich questions that you can borrow or adapt to improve your inquiry skills, and provides clear frameworks that point to when, where, and why particular questions are most useful.
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The Little Black Book of Innovation

How it Works, how to Do it

Author: Scott D. Anthony

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422171728

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 283

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Innovation transforms companies and markets. It's the key to solving vexing social problems. And it makes or breaks professional careers. But for all the enthusiasm the topic inspires, the practice of innovation - how to do it-has remained stubbornly impenetrable. No longer. In The Little Black Book of Innovation, leading thinker Scott D. Anthony draws from research, Innosight fieldwork with global giants such as Procter & Gamble, and personal experience launching and investing in start-up companies to demystify the discipline of innovation. With wit and remarkable insight born of years of both leading and teaching innovation, Anthony presents a simple definition of the concept, breaks down the essential differences between its various types, and illuminates its vital role in organizational success and personal growth.
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CAD Monkeys, Dinosaur Babies, and T-Shaped People

Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovation

Author: Warren Berger

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780143118022

Category: Design

Page: 342

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In an illuminating journey, Berger--in collaboration with celebrated designer Bruce Mau--revolutionizes the understanding of design and unlocks the secrets of the trade. His practice of design-thinking opens readers to their innate capacity for reimagining the world around them.
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Bugged

How Insects Changed History

Author: Sarah Albee

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0802734227

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 176

View: 9491

A funny, insightful exploration of the clash between the human and insect worlds - to sometimes disastrous results
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The 7 Powers of Questions

Secrets to Successful Communication in Life and at Work

Author: Dorothy Leeds

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399526145

Category: Self-Help

Page: 299

View: 6281

The author of Smart Questions and Powerspeak discusses the seven secrets of good communication in one's personal and professional life and explains how these skills can be used effectively to improve relationships, uncover opportunities, persuade others, and get more out of any encounter. Original.
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Ask, Inspire, Solve.

The Science and Practice of Facilitative Questioning

Author: Katherine Rosback

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781981711062

Category:

Page: 180

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How Can We Become Better Questioners? We observe that great leaders ask the great questions, we read how creativity is fostered by asking the uncommon question, we experience how coaches inspire by asking the provocative question, and we solve the organizational problem when led with facilitative questions. We know questions are powerful. But how do they work the way they do? What are the different ways you can structure a question to achieve a better outcome? What's the process for asking questions? Rooted in over two decades of extensive research and practice of facilitative questioning and full of insights and experiences in using questions, ASK, INSPIRE, SOLVE. is an invaluable resource for leaders, change agents, HR managers, team facilitators, consultants, and anyone else seeking to ask the better question that inspires insightful and engaged thinking, and results in exceptional personal and organizational outcomes.
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Moments of Impact

How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change

Author: Chris Ertel,Lisa Kay Solomon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451697694

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8656

Moments of Impact is a book on a mission: to eradicate time-sucking, energy-depleting workshops and meetings. In our fast-changing world, organizations have important challenges and opportunities to address—and no time to waste. Moments of Impact delivers the single most useful resource for managers and leaders who need better strategic conversation—now—to shape the future of their organizations. Moments of Impact is an essential guide for ambitious leaders who get assigned the hardest and most vexing strategic issues in their organizations, for entrepreneurs trying to manage board expectations, for social change agents pioneering new business models for community impact, for hopeful educators and healthcare practitioners trying to transform slow-to-change industries, and for enterprising students committed to tackling global challenges. Drawing on decades of combined experience as innovation strategists, Ertel and Solomon articulate the purpose, principles, and practices of well-designed strategic conversations. They weave together a lively and compelling mix of social science theories and research, interviews with more than 100 thought leaders, organization leaders, and practitioners, as well as dozens of anecdotes and practical cases from diverse organizations. The book also includes a sixty-page Starter Kit with diagnostic questions, best practices, tips and suggestions, and recommended readings to enable you to put the ideas to work immediately.
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Liminal Thinking

Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think

Author: Dave Gray

Publisher: Rosenfeld Media

ISBN: 1933820624

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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"Why do some people succeed at change while others fail? It's the way they think! Liminal thinking is a way to create change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs. What beliefs are stopping you right now? You have a choice. You can create the world you want to live in, or live in a world created by others. If you are ready to start making changes, read this book."
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