The Power Of Why Hardcover – Oct 2 2012
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"The Power of Why changes the way you think. It gives you a new perspective, one that leads to positive change. This is a truly great book."—David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and The Wealthy Barber Returns
"Packed with insights, analysis, and examples drawn from a wide range of individuals and companies, The Power of Why will convince readers of the profound value of the spirit of curiosity."—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
"There are books filled with anecdotes about innovation or you can read academic theories about innovation. Neither get you very far. What Amanda has done is offer interesting stories that are linked together in a way that teaches us the theories and just how to innovate."—Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and author of How Will You Measure Your Life
"The ability of a company to innovate is critical for survival let alone growth and The Power of Why provides great insights into how individuals can transform organizations and industries. A great read on how to find success."—Gordon M. Nixon, President and CEO, RBC
"It is standard fare for political and economic commentators to bemoan Canada’s lack of innovation and productivity. It is also standard fare that they rarely provide answers beyond their statement of concern. Amanda Lang has done much more than that. Her insight into what sparks curiosity and how it is the foundation of innovation and improved productivity should give pause for thought to all of those whose interests run the range from early learning to venture capital. The Power of Why shows us a way to a higher quality of life and to a stronger economy."—The Right Honourable Paul Martin
"This is a lot more than a business book, it’s a life book. Just pick it up for ten minutes and you'll find yourself thinking in some exciting, new, and yes, innovative ways."—Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent for CBC News
"The Power of Why is a compelling and superbly written book showing how Canada can and must support creativity, starting in our schools, to fuel innovation and positive change."—David Miller, former mayor of Toronto
"A wonderful book, The Power of Why demystifies the tricky subject of innovation. It is a must-read for all innovation policy types and every budding innovator."—Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
About the Author
AMANDA LANGis the co-host ofThe Lang & O'Leary Exchangeon CBC and the senior business correspondent for CBC News. She studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before turning to journalism, serving first with theFinancial Postand eventually becoming their New York correspondent. A popular speaker on the topics of business and economic trends, she lives in Toronto.
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“The Power of Why” is entertaining, important, and useful all at once. It's a joy to read, and I highly recommend it.
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.
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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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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An interesting read. I enjoyed finding out about people who don't accept the commonly accepted ideas. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Canadian Baconator
The author lost me; or I lost the author. Too much 'me-focused'.Published 18 months ago by Kamazano
This may have been exciting for Amanda Lang to write, but I found the short narratives and anecdotes rather commonsensical. I did not learn very much.Published 18 months ago by James Andrew Davis
Great book, well written. A great read for on the plane instead of watching a movie you almost certainly will not see the end of.Published on June 14 2014 by Michael Evoy
I really enjoyed the book and will likely read again in 6 months as a check to see if I have progressed in the areas the book drew me to. Read morePublished on April 12 2014 by Jim Setla
This was a great book. and easy read. Amanda give examples in business and then also relates the point to daily life. Lots of good advice and things to think about.Published on Feb. 19 2014 by Mary Edwards