And Life's Other Essential Questions
On Sale: April 4, 2017
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Based on the wildly popular commencement address, the art of
asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard
University’s Graduate School of Education.
Whether we’re in the boardroom or the classroom, we spend
far too much time and energy looking for the right answer.
But the truth is that questions are just as important as
answers, often more so. If you ask the wrong question, for
instance, you’re guaranteed to get the wrong answer. A good
question, on the other hand, inspires a good answer and, in
the process, invites deeper understanding and more
meaningful connections between people. Asking a good
question requires us to move beyond what we think we know
about an issue or a person to explore the difficult and the
unknown, the awkward, and even the unpleasant.
In Wait, What?, Jim Ryan, dean of Harvard University’s
Graduate School of Education, celebrates the art of
asking—and answering—good questions. Five questions in
particular: Wait, what?; I wonder…? Couldn’t we at least…?;
How can I help?; and What truly matters? Using examples from
politics, history, popular culture, and social movements, as
well as his own personal life, Ryan demonstrates how these
essential inquiries generate understanding, spark curiosity,
initiate progress, fortify relationships, and draw our
attention to the important things in life—from the Supreme
Court to Fenway Park.
By regularly asking these five essential questions, Ryan
promises, we will be better able to answer life’s most
important question: “And did you get what you wanted out of
life, even so?” At once hilarious and illuminating, poignant
and surprising, Wait, What? is an inspiring book of wisdom
that will forever change the way you think about questions.
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