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Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change Hardcover – Special Edition, 20 Mar 2019

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom; Special ed. edition (18 January 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814436714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814436714
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"When it comes to asking the kinds of questions that get you the kinds of answers that actually mean something, Sesno is your guy. " --VOYA Magazine

"Both intriguing and inspiring, Ask More shows how questions convey interest, feed curiosity, and reveal answers that can change the course of both your professional and personal life." --800CEORead

"Post-election America has prompted a reflective period for many...Sesno couldn't have timed any better the release of his research- and interview-based exploration of the art of strategic questioning." --Associations Now

..".helps you learn, understand, connect, observe, push boundaries, solve problems and hold people accountable. " - Palm Beach Post

"The book covers a lot of territory...there's a lot to be learned from his thoughtful, in-depth exploration." --The Globe and Mail

"This book is not solely dedicated to problem solving. Mr. Sesno considers questions from a broad range of fields...Some questions are for military strategists, job interviewers or doctors. One of the most moving chapters was on questions to ask an aging parent about what mattered in their life." --GoLeanSixSigma

"Ask More encourages us to defy our fears and tackle those problems that beset us with measured, careful inquiry." -- Washington Independent Review of Books

"At heart, [Sesno's] book's central premise is simple: Intelligent, insightful questions, posed in the spirit of genuine inquiry, lead to intelligent, insightful answers." -- Washington Independent Review of Books

"The book has a journalistic flair: captivating stories, wonderfully-crafted anecdotes and fascinating interviewees." - The Girl's Guide to Project Management

..".easy-to-read and the ideas are logical. Readers will be hard pressed to not find several nuggets to add to their own toolbox of questioning strategies." - Portland Book Review

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What hidden skill links successful people in all walks of life? What helps them make informed decisions, inspire creativity, and forge stronger connections? The answer is surprisingly simple: They know how to ask the right questions at the right time.

Questions help us break down barriers, pinpoint solutions, and explore new ways of doing things. Yet most of us assert more than we ask. We talk more than we listen. Imagine how much more effective we would be if we flipped the equation.

Ask More puts questions at the center of every conversation. Author Frank Sesno, an Emmy Award–winning journalist, has spent decades questioning global leaders and everyday people alike. He draws on his formidable interviewing skills to break down the art of inquiry into eleven categories of questions, each designed for a different purpose.

Ask More recounts dozens of stories of people who have used questions to discover and excel. Whether you’re trying to manage a project, solve a problem, or confront an adversary, these stories are inspiring. They show how to ask, what to listen for, and how to link your questions to your goals.

• Colin Powell shows how strategic questions can define a mission and forecast success—or failure.

• Turnaround expert Steve Miller uses diagnostic questions to get to the heart of a company’s problems.

• NPR’s Terry Gross digs deeper with empathy questions.

• Journalist Anderson Cooper uses confrontational questions to hold people accountable.

• Creative questions led a couple of techie dreamers to imagine Uber and a young mayor to challenge history.

• The Osborne Group uses mission questions to help nonprofits fundraise more successfully.

• Dr. Anthony Fauci posed methodical scientific questions to help crack the HIV/AIDS mystery.

• And many more.

In an age of instant answers, fly-by facts, and relentless clickbait, Sesno makes a passionate appeal to observe carefully, listen intently, and ask more. He reveals a process of inquiry that can change your life, and might even change the world.

Frank Sesno is a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent, and Washington bureau chief, and is now director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. He has interviewed leaders from around the world, including five US presidents, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative storytelling platform seeking solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges.

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