Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life

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HarperCollins, Nov 13, 2018 - Business & Economics - 336 pages

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 over two hundred 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.

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User Review  - Daniel.Estes - LibraryThing

I agree. Questions ARE the answer. I realize that sounds vague by itself, but this is an approach to life I've subscribed to for the past decade. This book, however, is a little thin beyond that. The ... Read full review

Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life

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As executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, Gregersen (The Innovator's DNA) has many of the answers leaders and managers are looking for. Here he argues that "the way to find better answers is ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

HAL GREGERSEN is the Executive Director of the Leadership Center as MIT, a prolific author and motivational speaker, recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s fifty most innovative minds. He has authored or coauthored ten books, and his most recent bestselling book is The Innovator’s DNA, coauthored with Jeff Dyer and Clayton Christensen.

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