Are questioners more successful than the rest of us?

SteveJobs+JeffBezosQuestioners A fascinating study suggests the answer is “yes.”

Years of research on some 3,000 creative executives conducted by Professor Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University and Hal Gregersen of the INSEAD business school, culminated in the report “The Innovators’ DNA,” with intriguing findings that there were several personal attributes that linked all of these Steve Jobs–types. Perhaps more than anything else, what stands out is their curiosity and willingness to question—“The same kind of inquisitiveness you see in small children,” according to Gregersen. This correlates with my own informal research for my book Glimmer. I found that many of the most successful innovators, entrepreneurs, and world-changing designers were people who weren’t afraid to question everything. See this Harvard Business Review interview with Dyer and Gregersen for more background on the study.

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Journalist and speaker Warren Berger realized that the majority of successful creatives and entrepreneurs he was interviewing over the years were great questioners. His wondering about “How can we all learn to do what they do?” led to this website and the writing of THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS and A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. Follow him on Twitter at @GlimmerGuy and subscribe to his blog posts here.

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