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Required Reading: A More Beautiful Question

Stria Staff July 16, 2018
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EXPERT RECOMMENDATION: Deb Whitman is executive vice president and chief public policy officer, AARP. Deb leads AARP policy and consumer insights development, analysis and research, as well as global thought leadership supporting and advancing the interests of people age 50-plus and their families. She recommends this book to longevity professionals.

A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
by Warren Berger

In this groundbreaking book, journalist and innovation expert Warren Berger shows that one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in our daily lives is a simple, under-appreciated tool—one that has been available to us since childhood. Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities. So why are we often reluctant to ask “Why?”

Berger’s surprising findings reveal that even though children start out asking hundreds of questions a day, questioning “falls off a cliff” as kids enter school. In an education and business culture devised to reward rote answers over challenging inquiry, questioning isn’t encouraged—and, in fact, is sometimes barely tolerated.

And yet, as Berger shows, the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners. They’ve mastered the art of inquiry, raising questions no one else is asking—and finding powerful answers. The author takes us inside red-hot businesses like Google, Netflix, IDEO, and Airbnb to show how questioning is baked into their organizational DNA. He also shares inspiring stories of artists, teachers, entrepreneurs, basement tinkerers, and social activists who changed their lives and the world around them – by starting with a “beautiful question.”

A More Beautiful Question outlines a practical Why/What If/How system of inquiry that can guide you through the process of innovative questioning—helping you find imaginative, powerful answers to your own “beautiful questions.” (From the publisher)

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