A More Beautiful Question

  • by Warren Berger
  • Narrated by Michael Quinlan
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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".

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- David

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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- Terry

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury