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Discover how the questions we ask ourselves and others can either expand our mindsets and open us up to exciting new possibilities or constrict our mindsets and limit our choices for successful change.
Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is an international bestseller that has sold over 400,000 copies in twenty-two languages. People have discovered that, when we’re looking for answers, we often forget to take the time to ask the right questions. But, as Dr. Marilee Adams shows, intentionally using questions helps us make wiser choices, find solutions, and transform our personal and professional lives. Dr. Adams uses a highly engaging fable to illustrate how great results begin with great questions. The book’s hero, Ben Knight, learns such breakthrough insights and undergoes a transformative journey. As we read how his coach takes him step by step through the twelve powerful tools of Question Thinking, we also learn how to apply the same information and practical skills in our own lives. At the center of this work is the Choice Map, which provides a simple yet powerful image to predict the likely results of the questions we ask ourselves and others. It tells us how to change our questions and our mindsets for the most rewarding outcomes.
The book contains a new chapter delving into what neuroscience reveals about managing our stresses and fears more effectively using methodssuch as those described in this book. It includes powerful and practical tools that help readers switch from a constricting Judger to an expansive Learner mindset, achieve the results they desire, and foster breakthroughs.
About the Author
Marilee Adams, PhD, award-winning author, is a pioneer in the fields of inquiry-based coaching, leadership, and organizational culture. The originator of the Question Thinking methodologies, she is CEO and founder of the Inquiry Institute and a consultant for organizations large and small. Dr. Adams is an affiliate instructor for Weatherhead’s Executive Education Program at Case Western Reserve University and for ten years was an adjunct professor in the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University.
“Marilee’s writings are by far the most profound articulation of the power of the question that I’ve come across. It’s true: we live in worlds our questions create.” —David Cooperrider, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, and founder of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
“When we change our questions, we open our minds and our consciousness expands. This book is a masterful volume designed for those who wish to be fully alive.” —Robert E. Quinn, cofounder of the Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan, and coauthor of The Economics of Higher Purpose
“Our complex world demands that we ask different questions, but the power of habit throws us into the Judger Pit. Dr. Adams shows us how to get out of the Judger Pit and stay out—and how to improve our relationships, our work, and our lives with a new mindset that offers more helpful questions.” —Jennifer Garvey Berger, EdD, author of Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps “As a fellow champion of the power of questioning, I consider Marilee Adams to be one of the pioneers in this field. The storytelling format of Change Your Questions makes the book a breeze to read while the Question Thinking Users Guide shows how practical her work really is.” —Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question