The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success by Amanda Lang

The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success

byAmanda Lang

Kobo ebook | October 9, 2012

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The urge to question is natural for small children—just ask any parent. But few of us are aware that it is also one of the most vital tools for success. In The Power of Why, Amanda Lang shows how curiosity and the ability to ask the right questions fuels innovation and can drive change not just in business but also in our personal lives.

Weaving together the latest research with in-depth profiles of innovators from around the world, Lang explores how to harness and develop the power of curiosity. She reveals how a major retailer set out to discover what really makes men happy—and was stunned by the results. She finds out why, at one particular hospital, nurses think it’s better if they don’t wash their hands. She learns why the most common methods of brainstorming don’t actually work and discovers a new soccer ball that could change the world.

A book that challenges conventional wisdom and offers practical, inspiring advice, The Power of Why shows how it’s possible to reignite your innate curiosity and overcome long-standing barriers—leaving you more creative, productive and fulfilled in your job and happier in your relationships.

Title:The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to SuccessFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2012Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443413208

ISBN - 13:9781443413206

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Opens Up Your Mind - Anyone can be Innovative Really good read if you're looking to have a different point of view on innovation. Many people think innovation has to be big (ie. a new invention) - but Amanda helps you learn that innovative can start with something small. It's about making small improvements and really questioning everything around you. Why are things the way they are?
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Challenges traditional views of innovation. Spoilers can be found. Amanda Lang successful made readers challenge their conventional thinking about innovation. I think by asking the question "why..." then you are able to creativity come up with innovative solutions. I particularly liked "Chapter 5: Dream Big" with the Addison Lawrence biography about how he innovated a common practice that was so simple as farming shrimp and revolutionized the practiced. It truly emphasized the concept of little children that have big imaginations and few doubts spilling over into adulthood. The goal of dreaming big is the ability to change the world and this can happen with child like attitude towards asking questions. Secondly, I enjoy how Amanda provides a solution to the problem highlighted throughout the book in the conclusion: the lack of innovation taught in high school and post secondary schools and how society stifles childlike wonderment. Quest university where the curriculum is organized on a block system with an emphasis on learning how questions are asked and answered in different fields. Finally, I think the 7 innovation myths that Amanda Lang highlights in the conclusion are also very important: 1. Innovation is about the newest thing; 2. Innovation is a solo activity; 3. Innovation cannot be taught; 4. Innovation is top down; 5. You cannot force innovation; 6. Change is always good; and 7. Innovation is not for everyone.
Date published: 2016-02-28
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