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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (March 4 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620401452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620401453
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“We know that the art of asking questions is at the heart of discovery in science, philosophy, medicine―so why don’t we extend that power to all areas of our lives? The thoughtful, provocative questions Warren Berger raises in this book are indeed the kind of ‘beautiful questions’ that can help us identify the right problems and generate creative solutions.” ―Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

“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

“In this wise book, Warren Berger shows us how crucial it is to question every aspect of our lives, from business to school to our choice of toothpaste. My question: Why wouldn't you read this book?” ―A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author and Esquire columnist

“The genesis of many great startups is the simple question, ‘Wouldn't it be cool if?' Warren Berger helps you understand the power of questions to change the world. Real men ask questions, they don't spout out answers.” ―Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist at Apple and author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur

“Berger presents a simple three-part framework, the 'Why-What If-How' model , to guide effective inquiry.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“This thought-provoking book offers important insights to executives, and to those aspiring to leadership, for their business and personal use.” ―Booklist

“A practical testament to the significance of the questioning mind.” ―Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Warren Berger has studied hundreds of the world's leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. His writing and research on questioning appears regularly in Fast Company and Harvard Business Review. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed book Glimmer, a groundbreaking analysis of innovative thinking that was named one of Businessweek's Best Innovation and Design Books of 2009. Berger has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News, CNN, and NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in New York. His website is www.AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com.


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WOW! This was the best book I read in 2014! I have already bought three more copies to give to friends, and plan to buy some more to give to my child's teachers. This book provides a framework for coming up with powerful questions that have the ability to make improvements in your life and business. It was extremely well laid out and I really thought the index at the rear of the book was super interesting in that it provided an index of questions as well as topics! Well done!

There are lots of real life examples given and the flow of the book is quite easy in that I had about 3/4 of the book finished in one - two hour flight.

This book is definitely on my re-read list for 2015.
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In short, if you want better answers and more innovative solutions, you need to work on your ability to ask better questions and this is the book to help you do just that. If you want to connect and communicate more deeply and productively, then you want to practice the type of master questioning that this book describes.

Very few of us are pursuing our lives with such conviction that there is no room for improvement. Those who are leading such lives do so because they are already master questioners. What these master questioners know for sure is that they have to keep questioning in order to keep forging ahead.

This is why "A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas" by Warren Berger is a book for the 99.999 percent.

Whether you are facing a tough challenge, searching for a new career, looking for a little inspiration, a sense of purpose or just want to shake things up a bit, this book will help you to find the path through the lost art of questioning. If ever there was a book that you need to read to work through problem-solving or change, this is it. Examples in the book span both personal and business questions as well as those wicked problems we all face such as climate change.

What the author noticed when researching “Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your World” is that the designers and successful innovators he interviewed knew how to ask better questions. This led him to explore the art of asking questions by researching master questioners. The kinds of questions he writes about are those actionable questions that move you forward - from questioning What is, to thinking about What If (What might be or What is possible) to How that might be.
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An amazing book that is an easy read and yet, on hind sight, a very powerful and thought provoking book as it made me think! I thought about how I lead and teach in the classroom and how I lead and live my life at home. Questioning myself, while daunting at first, has led me to be and continue to strive to be a better "facilitator" of knowledge as my students now discover for themselves the answers they seek from the questions I pose and I am happier at home as I address the needs of my loved ones based on their needs based on their answers to the questions rather than what I thought they needed...

The power of inquiry....powerful indeed...all by asking questions...but more importantly...the right questions.
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Book Review by Dixie Hudson
A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas

What would be a beautiful question for you? How might that help you in your studies, work or personal life? Read the book review and you may be on a path to becoming an expert questioner.
The book, “A More Beautiful Question” by Warren Berger caught my attention because of the importance of being able to ask the right question when working on a challenge. Too often people are too quick to come up with a question which may not address the underlying problem or they may simply select the easiest, quickest way to address the challenge at hand. It may also be that one simply doesn’t know how to ask the right question. With knowledge of the importance of starting the creative problem solving process with a focused, informed question, I was keen on developing a skill in this arena.
Throughout the book, as you read the research, findings, case studies and insights from many expert questioners, you begin to see the value in following a fairly simple approach or process for finding the right question.
What is a beautiful question? What if your question was able to ask something no one else had thought of? What if it started you on your way to a game-changing idea or allowed you to pursue an opportunity in your life? A beautiful question may be able to help you identify and solve a problem by digging deeper into the issue.
How does Berger approach this topic?
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