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What Can We Learn from “Master Questioners”?
In my research for the book A More Beautiful Question, I interviewed more than a hundred innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and creative thinkers—all of whom tend to use questioning as a central part of their work. I also drew from the writing and research of well-known questioners who are no longer alive, but whose influence lives on.
So what can we learn from these “Master Questioners,” past and present? A lot. They provide great insights and examples on how to tackle challenges by asking great questions. And they remind us that the smartest, most successful people are not the ones who think they have all the answers. Some of my articles, profiles and interviews with these “Master Questioners” can be seen below. (And the complete list of all the questioners—individuals and organizations featured in A More Beautiful Question—is in the sidebar.)
Master Questioners: Articles,
Profiles and Interviews
Steve Wozniak has lots of stories. But the ones I found most interesting have to do with Wozniak’s curiosity as a boy. When he would ask his engineer father questions, the answers changed Wozniak’s world. Whose world have you changed lately?
Guess what’s one of the 5 essential skills great innovators share? Author and educator Hal Gregersen talks about how businesses need to integrate questioning into their culture in order to be more innovative.
If you’re looking for an example of what I would call a “beautiful question”—a question that takes on a big and important idea, one that causes people to step back and re-assess the way they think—consider King’s famous question, “Can we all get along?”