• A More Beautiful Question

  • The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
  • By: Warren Berger
  • Narrated by: Michael Quinlan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 03-04-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (1,812 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Business/Educational, 2015
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, underappreciated 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".
Berger explores important questions, such as:

Why aren’t we nurturing kids’ natural ability to question - and what can parents and schools do about that?
Since questioning is a starting point for innovation, how might companies and business leaders begin to encourage and exploit it?
And most important, how can each of us reignite that questioning spark - and use inquiry as a powerful means to rethink and reinvent our lives?
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".
©2014 Warren Berger (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Michael Quinlan's narration will strike many listeners as calming. Buoyed by his near flawless diction and phrasing, his performance has the confidence of someone in total control of his craft and his connection with his listeners." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By elenne on 03-26-15

inspiring and enlightning

This is one of those audible books I wanted to listen to in one sitting. Well written with interesting stories. I would say it really helped me to question and think more deeply before making any decisions now. It's so easy to think we know the answers but often we are so wrong in our assumptions. This books helps us to take a step back, ask questions and see things from a broader perspective before going forward. A book worth listening to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JOHN on 02-06-15

Life Changing

This book caused me to sit down, create and face my own questions. Absolutely loved it. Has changed my whole perspective and caused me to engage my life rather than drift through it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Vj on 11-07-17

Beautiful book to turn imwards and question

I definitely found this book quite useful to structure our lives and purpose in the form of questions than piling up answers indefinitely

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr Lucien Dulak on 06-15-16

Nice introduction

A great introduction to the power of questions. However, as someone who already uses questions as part of leadership development and innovation processes I wad hoping for some new techniques. Good at the WHY of questions, OK at the WHAT IF of questions, in my mind lacking in the HOW.

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By David on 06-13-17

Is this the best book you haven't read?

This challenges you to be uncomfortable with certainty and embrace questioning as a fundamental facet of every day life. It is inspiring as much as it is scary. I wonder if you are ready for what this book has to offer.

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By Terry on 12-21-16

What a wonderful book!

A very worthwhile audiobook to listen to. It really drives home the importance of questions in the current era where there is easy access to an abundance of knowledge and answers. There are some questions raised which are applicable to every person's life and should be pondered about over time. Like a good cup of coffee or wine, these questions need to be savoured and sat with to fully experience it.
What a wonderful, wonderful book.

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