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The Power Of Why

by Amanda Lang

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | October 2, 2012 | Hardcover

The Power Of Why is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Why are some people able to get so much more done in so much less time than others? Why do some companies flourish in tough times while others fail? Why are some countries more productive than others?

Through an entertaining mix of examples from the business world, insights from innovation gurus, little-known research, the experiences of business leaders and her own candid stories of life off-camera, Amanda Lang explains how asking the right questions has changed the world and how it can change you, too. From the invention of the curved shower curtain rod to the introduction of an elevator that creates electricity as it moves from floor to floor, The Power of Why persuasively spells out the connection between innovation and productivity that is so crucial in the knowledge economy.

Instead of obsessing over working "smarter," we ought to focus on the instinctive urge to question that''s so natural for young children. As Lang shows, it''s possible to reignite that instinct at any age and to become more innovative and productive-as well as more fulfilled in our jobs and happier in our relationships. That''s the power of why.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443413186

ISBN - 13: 9781443413183

Found in: Business and Finance

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Rated out of 5 by from Meh. Probably the shallowest cliche ridden uninformative biz books I have read. There is nothing in this book that I found interesting or thoughtful.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughtful, inspiring, life-affirming I just bought this book as a Christmas present for a friend, having already read through it avidly myself. The author's voice is warm, knowing and quite humourous at times, as she takes the reader through a series of stories, many (but not all) business-related, to illustrate her premise that curiousity - the willingness to look hard at problems and stalemates in all aspects of your life - can open you up to solutions that you didnt know were within your grasp. I found that the tone and content stimulated me to not only think harder about how to approach issues in my life, but also helped me see those issues afresh. There is a wealth of inspiration here that can be brought to bear not only within your own life, but in dealing with others in all of your relationships. Think of it as a how-to book for life (without having to climb to the top of the mountain first). There is also good advice about not sticking your tongue to a metal pole in winter. So, highly recommended in all respects.
Date published: 2012-11-23
Rated out of 5 by from Looking forward to reading this book it at least because of the author's job at the CBC which would make her knowledgeable and which advances her credibility. This book is probably in the same genre of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Date published: 2012-11-02

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The Power Of Why

by Amanda Lang

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 0.98 in

Published: October 2, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443413186

ISBN - 13: 9781443413183

From the Publisher

Why are some people able to get so much more done in so much less time than others? Why do some companies flourish in tough times while others fail? Why are some countries more productive than others?

Through an entertaining mix of examples from the business world, insights from innovation gurus, little-known research, the experiences of business leaders and her own candid stories of life off-camera, Amanda Lang explains how asking the right questions has changed the world and how it can change you, too. From the invention of the curved shower curtain rod to the introduction of an elevator that creates electricity as it moves from floor to floor, The Power of Why persuasively spells out the connection between innovation and productivity that is so crucial in the knowledge economy.

Instead of obsessing over working "smarter," we ought to focus on the instinctive urge to question that''s so natural for young children. As Lang shows, it''s possible to reignite that instinct at any age and to become more innovative and productive-as well as more fulfilled in our jobs and happier in our relationships. That''s the power of why.

About the Author

AMANDA LANG is co-host of The Lang & O’Leary Exchange and CBC’s senior business correspondent. She studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. She has written for The Globe and Mail and was the New York correspondent for the Financial Post. In New York, she made the leap to television, becoming part of the team that launched BNN. Before long, she moved to CNN as a reporter and anchor. Lang acquired her Canadian Securities Course certificate and is a popular speaker on the topics of business and economic trends. She lives in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter at @AmandaLang_CBC.

From Our Editors

INDIGO SPOTLIGHT: The Power of Why is a wide ranging discussion of curiosity-driven innovation. It's filled with stories, many of them Canadian, about people and companies who recognize limits with the status quo. In stories of cupcakes, power generating soccer balls, and large companies like Lululemon and Canadian Tire, Lang finds people who ask "why" again and again. They aren't visionaries, world-changers, or geniuses, but simply curious people who realize that asking the right questions and embracing small, even accidental change, yields huge results.

Lang's book is part psychology, part economics, and part sociology; she presents the unorthodox approaches inquisitive people take to everyday and commonplace things. Apparently insurmountable problems, whether tinkering with power saws or changing corporate branding, become intriguing opportunities for change once you begin to ask slightly different questions.

Like The Power of Habit and the writings of Malcolm Gladwell, The Power of Why is a sure discussion starter. In a simple and direct style, every page drives home the child-like joys of stepping back, asking new questions, and embracing the power of "why".
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