From the bestselling author of A More Beautiful Question, hundreds of big and small questions that harness the magic of inquiry to tackle challenges we all face--at work, in our relationships, and beyond.
When confronted with almost any demanding situation, the act of questioning can help guide us to smart decisions. By asking questions, we can analyze, learn, and move forward in the face of uncertainty. But "questionologist" Warren Berger says that the questions must be the right ones; the ones that cut to the heart of complexity or enable us to see an old problem in a fresh way.
In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Berger shares illuminating stories and compelling research on the power of inquiry. Drawn from the insights and expertise of psychologists, innovators, effective leaders, and some of the world's foremost creative thinkers, he presents the essential questions readers need to make the best choices when it truly counts, with a particular focus in four key areas: decision-making, creativity, leadership, and relationships.
The powerful questions in this book can help you:
- Identify opportunities in your career or industry
- Generate fresh ideas in business or in your own creative pursuits
- Check your biases so you can make better judgments and decisions
- Do a better job of communicating and connecting with the people around you
Thoughtful, provocative, and actionable, these beautiful questions can be applied immediately to bring about change in your work or your everyday life.
About the Author
Warren Berger, an expert on design thinking and innovation, is author of the acclaimed book Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Business and Your Life
, which was named one of Business Week's “Best Innovation & Design Books of the Year.” Berger also writes for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review,
and was a longtime contributing editor at Wired
magazine. He has appeared on NBC's "Today Show," ABC "World News," many times on CNN, and as a frequently-used expert source on NPR's "All Things Considered." He lives in New York.
In [A More Beautiful Question], the author explored how the right kinds of questions can spark creativity and innovation. In this follow-up, he delves further into `beautiful questions,' which are powerful tools that can transform people's thinking . . . VERDICT: This practical work is designed to prompt action and get results. * Library Journal *
Guides professionals to think deeply about how they can use questions to improve decision making and to inspire creativity, connect with others, and cultivate leadership skills . . . Introspective readers, or readers who feel like they can't get off the hamster wheel, will find this helpful. * Publishers Weekly *
Berger makes a good case for building questioning into work culture and work flow. * Kirkus Reviews *
The Book of Beautiful Questions is a veritable gold mine. In its pages, you will find fresh (and often brilliant) ways to use the power of the interrogative to sharpen your decision-making, boost your creativity, and deepen your connections to others. Berger's insights are so potent and his advice so practical that only one question remains: What's stopping you from picking up this extraordinary book? * Daniel H. Pink, bestselling author of WHEN, DRIVE, and A WHOLE NEW MIND *
If we want better answers, we need to ask better questions. Warren Berger shows us the incredible power that inquiry has to approach problems differently and to unearth powerful, innovative solutions. In an increasingly complicated world, knowing how to ask provocative questions is a must-have skill for success. * Lisa Bodell, bestselling author of WHY SIMPLE WINS and CEO of FutureThink *
Warren Berger raises questioning to an art form. The Book of Beautiful Questions is a vital read for anyone who wants to excel at creativity, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills. Berger offers a symphony of questions that will inspire you to become your own maestro of inquiry. * Frank Sesno, former CNN anchor and author of ASK MORE *
Why don't we ask enough questions? Why do we ask so many bad questions? And how can we ask the kinds of great questions that make us better at leading, deciding, connecting, and creating? This isn't just a thought-provoking book on questions--it's also full of instantly useful answers. * Adam Grant, bestselling author of ORIGINALS, GIVE AND TAKE, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg *
Use Warren Berger and his new book as a guide for asking not only more beautiful questions but also more important ones. It may well make the difference between a busy life and a life that really matters. * Greg McKeown, bestselling author of ESSENTIALISM: THE DISCIPLINED PURSUIT OF LESS *
The Book of Beautiful Questions gives us the power to re-imagine our lives. For those who seek to make better decisions and lead more effectively, it's a transformational resource you'll go back to again and again. * Dorie Clark, author of ENTREPRENEURIAL YOU and STAND OUT *
Being an effective leader is not so much about having all the answers as asking the right questions. In The Book of Beautiful Questions, Warren Berger shows why questioning is critical to success--and provides hundreds of questions that can help you be a better thinker, partner, problem-solver, and leader. * Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of TRIGGER and WHAT GOT YOU HERE WON'T GET YOU THERE *
One closes Berger's book newly conscious of the significance of smart questions. * New York Times Book Review on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
Questions have literally moved mountains, powered rockets, and instantly developed images . . . Berger focuses on what he calls 'Beautiful Questions' . . . that can lead to game-changing answers and results. These are questions that, once raised, tend to get people thinking in a different way. * Steven Heller, The Atlantic on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
This thought-provoking book offers important insights. * Booklist on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
A fascinating look at the power of questioning to ignite change--in our companies, schools, careers, and in our daily lives. * The Huffington Post on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
A practical testament to the significance of the questioning mind. * Kirkus Reviews on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
This potential game-changer will help readers identify where opportunities lie and how to seize them. * Publishers Weekly on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *
In the old economy, it was all about having the answers. But in today's dynamic, lean economy, it's more about asking the right questions. A More Beautiful Question is about figuring out how to ask, and answer, the questions that can lead to new opportunities and growth. * Eric Ries, New York Times best-selling author of THE LEAN STARTUP on A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION *