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A 2018 Nautilus Book Awards Silver winner.

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 more than 200 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.

©2018 Hal Gregersen (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Maximum brag, minimal content

Most of this book drones on like a sales pitch with heaps of name drops with minimal actionable content.

The premise is vague and be applied to anything. There is too much 'this comment is successful cause they ask good questions, that company is bad cause they didn't'. A prime example of hindsight bias and the Forer effect.

Funny the author mentions confirmation bias cause he seems to be living in it. Constantly talking about Pixar and other high profile companies. How about we hear about the companies that were failing and were fixed by these so-called questions? Coming into a company after it is already successful doesn't mean the methods work.

The recording and narration were good quality, however the content let it down. Overall, not recommended.

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  • Kay M Bell
  • 15-01-2019

This book is worth your time

Questions Are the Answer is both like and unlike other business books. It is personal and philosophical while advocating for business strategies to establish or enhance an organization's capacity to innovate. It ends up not exactly asking big questions ("How will you measure your life?" is one that comes to mind), but challenging readers to do so. Hal Gregersen is an extraordinary person, judging from this book. I'm so glad I read it!

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  • Sachin
  • 23-11-2018

Masterpiece

Thanks for writing this book Hal , Will go as top book in my decesion making books

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  • Dara
  • 28-03-2020

Good stories but lacking HOW TO

There are pages after pages elaborating that good questions are the game changer and how it affected successful companies. Personally I missed some advises on how a good question is structured and what are the building blocks.

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  • Lyndsay Toll
  • 19-02-2021

first half was good, second half "meh"

Found the practical examples and tactics useful in the first half. Second half was some tactical but more examples of questions leaders asked or how they fostered fresh thinking in different context. To me it's "meh" because the examples didn't feel novel, so it felt like you're listening to stories you've already heard.

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  • T. Wolf
  • 21-06-2020

one idea on too many pages

good questioning is essential and I'm glad this book exists. yet, all pages somehow converge and what can be said in few pages goes on and on. shorter is better.

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  • Ahmed turabi
  • 17-02-2020

Awesome

I loved it. I enjoyed listening to the audio book. I recommend it to everyone wants to improve his skill.

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  • dmos
  • 05-09-2019

Thought provoking

This book made me examine different areas if my life, and made me try to find my personal question. What do I want for myself and my family? What is my purpose? Thank you

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  • Karlyn Keller
  • 22-06-2019

So glad I read this

This book really pushes my boundaries as a leader. It helped me realize the power of questions. It has strengthened my practice and leadership skill set.

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  • Boubacar Barry
  • 08-02-2019

Are you ready?

This is an excellent book that is hard to put down once you start. It's engaging and makes you think about many things. You won't be disappointed with this excellent book.

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  • Jon
  • 29-12-2019

really impactful

love this book and was such a good read for myself to be one a better questioner

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