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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
I recently finished this book and thought it was one of the best books on business I've read in a long time. Much like Freakonomics, but focused on business this book is separated into short sections on different experiments, inventions, and stories that all have a common theme, the power of curiosity. The moment you pick up the book and start reading you'll be hooked, and each story builds onto the last one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed Freakonomics or other business related books and thought it was one of the best written books on business in a long time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2012
“The Power of Why” is a fascinating book! Amanda Lang has brought together many interesting stories of entrepreneurs, their "aha!" moments, and what we can learn from them. As well, she shares some of her personal experiences to show how intelligent curiosity can enrich our lives. After reading the book, I have already found myself asking more questions, paying closer attention to how things work, and making new connections. It's opened my mind to new possibilities…even made me feel a bit more creative. These effects were a complete surprise -- and pretty cool.

“The Power of Why” is entertaining, important, and useful all at once. It's a joy to read, and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Amanda Lang is definately on the right track that human nature requires an inquisitive mind in order to "invent" and move forward and as Ken Robinson says schools are killing our childrens creativty.

This book however is a collection of examples without specific indepth links back to how the company's went from their questioning to improving and inventing stages. She has followed a logical sequence from questioning through to inventing, but without engaging me.

The Canadian Tire example was probably the most detailed. But for instance the invention of Saw Stop lacked enough depth to inspire me.

The book has the format I just feel as though the author did not engage in her subject enough to make me interested in changing my habits to become more creative. Pity really because it could have and should have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2012
Really interesting and lively stories about different inventors and business types whose paths all started with simple questions, like, Why can't a power saw stop before it cuts your finger off? Made me think all my "stupid" questions could have made me a millionaire, if only I'd tried to answer them! Best part of the book for me was the chapter on curiosity, and why kids have it naturally but adults don't. Really good suggestions there for parents and teachers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
The Power of Why goes against the norm. Author Amanda Lang encourages the reader to question why and how. To think outside the box. To think laterally. The chapter on working as a team and the mentality of an employee who feels valued really struck me. I recommended this book at work as an essential read for all employees. The Power of Why could be an amazing tool in building a team with common aspirations and a mindset in which they acknowledge their role as valued, as an important member of a team.

Highly recommended whether you are a parent, an employee, an entrepreneur (especially!), a manager. Whatever your role, The Power of Why is enlightening!

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TOP 50 REVIEWERon February 3, 2014
Amanda Lang has written a pretty good. Think Malcolm Gladwell with a little more implementation advice. This book tries to make innovation, admittedly a buzzword which may be losing its power, accessible to the layperson. That is pretty much what is accomplished here. Along the way, there are plenty of stories about innovators which should help to keep any reader engaged. Lang has a few points which she hammers home, one of which is clear from her title. Too many of us are afraid to ask questions about why something is done the way it is, either in our personal lives or in our workplaces. And we certainly aren't persistent about following those questions to their conclusion when they do come up.

This isn't an earth-shattering book, these books rarely are, but it just might get you psyched up to start thinking about your life in more innovative ways. After all, as Lang makes clear, anybody can do it, if you take the time to learn how.
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on October 11, 2013
I enjoyed this book. It's full of interesting stories about people or companies who innovate, as well as stories on companies who failed to innovate. It doesn't go in very deep detail and become boring, it just tells you enough to get you thinking about how you are acting, at work or in your personal life. The writing style is pleasant to read and lightens the subject a bit. I learned a lot from it, and I recommend it if you need to unlock some creativity in your work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2014
I found that this book was constantly repeating itself. At least the examples are interesting, but I could not make it to the end.
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An interesting read. I enjoyed finding out about people who don't accept the commonly accepted ideas. The writer does put herself in the book a bit, but it relates to the subject. We need more of the people who are the focus of this book.
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on April 6, 2013
Invaluable to start thinking outside the box - and to legitimize that inner child's brimming endless curiosity. Really enjoyed reading this and look forward to re-reading it and following up on some of the ideas and personalities profiled.
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