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Beautiful Questions: Are questions more important than answers?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 27 October 2014



Beautiful Questions: Are questions more important than answers?
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Posted DateMonday 27 October 2014 15:18 GMT
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Andrew Armour pointed me to a great book recently A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger.

He has since posted a review in two parts: Book Review -- A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger. Part One and A More Beautiful Marketing Question? Part Two

So what is a beautiful question?

A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something -- and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.

That definition makes clear that this book is not about grand philosophical or spiritual questions -- Why are we here? How does one define "good"? Is there life after death? -- all of those great questions that spark endless, impassioned debate ... the focus here is on questions that can be acted upon.

When designing Knowledge Cafes - such beautiful questions should be crafted to serve as catalysts for the conversation.

Warren's book looks like a great new resource but also take a look at The Art of Powerful Questions by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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