Virtually everything we think and do is influenced by the questions we ask ourselves - from "What should I wear?" to "What should I do with my life?" Our self-esteem, relationships, and careers are all profoundly affected by these questions.
Dr. Marilee Adams introduces "QuestionThinking", an easy-to-use methodology for transforming thinking, action, and results through intentional and skillful question asking. As an executive coach and organizational consultant, Dr. Adams shows listeners how to discern the kinds of questions that block us, and discover the questions that help evoke breakthrough thinking and desired new results.
Start asking the right questions and change your life today!
©2009 Marilee Adams; (P)2009 BBC Audio
The style of this book is motivational and whilst it is presented as a narative, there are some real life examples and situations which I could easily relate to. A very good aspect of this book which I have not found in many, is that it provides actual tools that can be used in daily life.
A couple of irritations though. This book mentions a workbook and a chart which should be made available with the audio download. Although, in one of the early chapters a web site is mentioned from where the chart can be downloaded, I had to register with them for a newsletter first. Even so, I have still not found a way to get the chart.
"A Great Listen"
This one was very cleverly written, and has tons of applicable advice that can have an immediate impact on your thinking processes.
The prmise for this one is that we should be in a "learner" mode as much as humanly possible, and not a "judger" mentality (this applies both to considerations regarding others AND in self-considerations). Adams reveals several techniques to get yourself thinking in terms of questions, instead of statements and answers. It conduces higher level thinking in conversation, more harmony with people in your life, and better results, both at work and at home.
Very helpful stuff. Highly recommend, especially for people who are responsible for a lot of folks at work.
"I Finally Found The Answer I Was Seeking!"
I'm a 46-yr old professional male. For years I have been trying to understand the "path / road" to the peace and success that I desire in my life. Dr. Adams' book gave me the answer my spirit was craving. For the first time in my life I know understand why "knowing how to question" is the first important step in achieving anything in life. Everyday I see my family, friends and co-workers struggle with life's problems. The same problems that I once struggled with. I also know that if they will "allow" themselves to "learn-to-question" like a "learner"...they will find the answers they seek. All my life I sought "answers". But know I have learned to "question" - and it is truly changing my life for the better.
The "anxiety" of life is no more!
Questions...what a powerful tool when understood.
Thank you Dr. Adams and God bless.
"Excellent audio on questions and their effects"
Great book on question thinking. It describes how a few key questions you ask yourself and others can change your emotion, how you relate to others and your actions. While I did not like the authors attempt to make a thin plot story to describe her theory, at least she tied it all together in the last chapter and has free material on her web site that helps you implement what you heard.
"The Power of Questions"
"Questioning" is a skill rarely taught in school, but doing it well - that is, asking the right questions of the right people - can radically transform attitudes, actions, and results. This book provides easy-to-learn tools that can make a significant and immediate difference in people's business and personal lives. Written as an engaging fable, it inspires readers to take charge of their thinking in order to accomplish goals, improve relationships, advance careers, investigate new territories, and in general gain greater life satisfaction. This book explains how to "be your own coach," outlines the author's QuestionThinking Model, and lists the top 12 questions for change. Real-world examples provide practical models for applying the principles in a variety of situations, while a Choice Map is a useful visual tool that demonstrates that everyone has a choice in every situation, even if it is not immediately apparent.
"Important Point of View for your Self Improvement"
Didn't excite me too much about the narration but it was ok. The point to bring you back to listening and think about things in a new and opposite view is simply valuable for everyone. I listened about half way the second time and will likely again. If you are in self help and self improvement, you should go for it. It will help you.
"Question Leadership "
I loved the parable and found learning the ideas easy. I would love to become adept at question thinking. I've learned how much I need to improve at switching from a Judger to Learner. I need to be a leader in asking the right questions of myself and others. I'll be returning to this story and lessons again and again.
"Horrible narrator, lame story"
Couldn't finish it... It was just too annoying.
The story is about how you need to have questions instead of always providing the answers... And that you shouldn't judge people too fast, but ask yourself what is the alternative reason this person behaves like he does...
"Vehicle and narrator did not work for me"
The message seems reasonable enough, but the message is transmitted through a story that does not do justice to the character, and told by a narrator whose approach really failed to connect with me. I will be seeking to exchange this book.
The narrator seemed aggressive and it felt like her speech was adopted from three decades ago. The closest I can explain it is that her speaking style was like the speech of Samantha and Darren on the Bewitched TV series I used to watch as a child, or maybe even from some radio drama from a time past. I really had to force myself to sit through the book, in hopes that the message would be meaningful.
As for the message, it is delivered using a story about how a client, Ben, of this skills coach was able to change his life by asking the right questions. Ben was supposed to be a very intelligent person, but the thought process he used seemed childish and did not fit with the higher order thinking he would have used as an "answer man" or troubleshooter of a company.
The ideas about question thinking and question brainstorming seem like good ones, and so there is value to be had from the book. However, I wish I had gotten better value from this audiobook, since I already used these approaches within my day to day life and the book is just encouraging me to do it more.
"it is changing my life"
A great book for anyone working in a leadership role. I work with complaints as part of my job and people who when speaking to them can be highly charged. When we are done those people leave thanking me for 'really' listening.
I have made an effort everyday when speaking to people to take off my judgement hat and always ask question that will help me to really understand what the other person is trying to say and what are their needs.
"Great Lesson, a Tad Cheesy"
I really like the framework of the message, and am happy to have found another way for me to convey how powerful our words are (for ourselves and others) and recognizing just how many choices we all make every day.
I'll be using the lessons forever more. Being cognizant of my questions leading me down a path of learning or growth versus a path of judgement and despair is a huge eye opener and a quick-hitting reality check in the face of adversity or struggle.
The only drawback for me is the story is written in an overly simplistic style, so I find myself daydreaming while it's on. Probably the easiest explanation is that it's written at about the 8th grade level - the lessons and overall message are worth it, but I feel as though I'm reading a primer as opposed to a business book.
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