Learn How to Become a More Effective Leader in Warren Berger’s ‘The Book of Beautiful Questions’ [REVIEW]


Questions are powerful tools that help us decide, create, connect and lead. (Photo by airpix, Flickr)

In an uncertain world plagued with inaccurate information and a rising number of people who have forgotten how to think about issues with a critical mind, it is difficult to get to the truth. But author Warren Berger is deftly skilled at rebooting our brains, and he does so with a tool we oftentimes fail to wield: questions. In his latest volume, The Book of Beautiful Questions, we discover what to ask and why, and how the eroteme has become the most underused punctuation mark today. 



As many of you may have figured out by now, and as my mom would surely tell you, I’ve always been someone who asked lots of questions. In fact, I think my first word was probably, “Why?” I just truly enjoy pondering why things operate the way they do. But I also love examining “what if” scenarios regarding pretty much every situation, from a person’s beliefs to their frame of reference and every aspect in between. I’m just curious like that. So you can imagine my excitement as I opened the mail to find Warren Berger’s latest tome, The Book of Beautiful Questions, waiting inside.

How can a question be beautiful, you may ask. Questions are the framework from which answers grow into beautiful innovations. In this compelling volume, Berger teaches all of us to ask “why,” “what if,” and “how might we” when facing changes in our lives, at work, and in our communities. We discover that when we compassionately think along those lines, we open the way for others to express themselves fully and authentically.

As a leader within an organization myself, I found many ways I can improve too, most importantly in areas where I desire to effect change. Having read The Book of Beautiful Questions I now believe in my potential to create a culture which grows curiosity between all levels of the work force, one step at a time.

Whether you’re a leader or a new hire, a parent or a child, a spouse or a friend, you’ve likely found yourself in a situation where you wanted to change the status quo, only to be met with resistance. Do yourself a favor. Get Warren Berger’s The Book of Beautiful Questions. Study it. Commit his strategies to memory and take his sage advice to heart. Not only will it change your perspective forever, but you will learn to become a more effective communicator and ultimately a more engaged human being.

Warren Berger

Warren Berger


Warren Berger has studied hundreds of leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. He is the author of A More Beautiful Question and the internationally acclaimed Glimmer, among other books.

His writing appears in Fast CompanyHarvard Business Review, and the New York Times, and he speaks around the world about the power of questioning in business and education.

He lives in New York. Visit him on the Web at AMoreBeautifulQuestion.com and at WarrenBerger.com, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

By Warren Berger
288 pgs. Bloomsbury Publishing. $28.

Purchase The Book of Beautiful Questions at one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Powell’s.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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