The Power of Why

The Power of Why

Book - 2012
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Why are some people able to get so much more done in so much less time than others? Why do some companies flourish in tough times while others fail? Why are some countries more productive than others?

Through an entertaining mix of examples from the business world, insights from innovation gurus, little-known research, the experiences of business leaders and her own candid stories of life off-camera, Amanda Lang explains how asking the right questions has changed the world and how it can change you, too. From the invention of the curved shower curtain rod to the introduction of an elevator that creates electricity as it moves from floor to floor, The Power of Why persuasively spells out the connection between innovation and productivity that is so crucial in the knowledge economy.

Instead of obsessing over working "smarter," we ought to focus on the instinctive urge to question that's so natural for young children. As Lang shows, it's possible to reignite that instinct at any age and to become more innovative and productive--as well as more fulfilled in our jobs and happier in our relationships. That's the power of why.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2012
ISBN: 9781443413183
Branch Call Number: 650.1 L25p
Characteristics: 273p


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May 13, 2015

So many much better books on the topic. Tired, cliché writing. Thin content.

May 12, 2015

Great book, It really makes you take a step back and look around. You can relate to what she is saying. A must read, on innovation.

bjev May 29, 2014

I really liked this book! I like a lot of non-fiction and this one was one of my favorites. I found it inspiring and not just in the business sense. I would compare it to a cross between the Tipping Point and other Gladwell books and the Secret.
I love Amanda on Lang and O'Learly and I found this book a lot like she is on the show, she is clearly intelligent, interesting, interested and she doesn't use big words to show how smart she is but instead speaks clearly to convey important ideas.

K_ROK Feb 12, 2014

I agree with jaybird443 and that I find her writing style to be bland and repetetive. She states things that are not new and I couldn't get into this book no matter how hard I tried. There are other, more fulfilling business books out there on innovation.

Feb 11, 2014

Amanda Lang is great on the Lang and O'Leary exchange. Not so great as an author though. There are some good examples and food for thought in the book. I'm not so sure she has really thought through her ideas fully. For example, the importance of persistence, hard work, and disciplined thinking is also key to increasing productivity, efficiency and the competitiveness of Canadian businesses. Simply posing questions is just the starting point towards successful innovation.

Writing style is repetative and stories are over simplified and unnecessarily drawn out to make a point. Some nice points, similar to the gendre in "Tipping Point" and other entrepreneurial self-help books. A nice read but not a must.

LRucchetto Aug 30, 2013

This was a great book. It was a fun and inspiring read that illustrated concepts in a way that applies to daily life. I enjoyed the clear and straightforward writing style, and the stories that brought home Lang’s points. Canadian Tire’s Project Darwin and the sOccket are wonderful examples of creativity and innovation coming to life. The Power of Why really got me thinking about the ways that our daily choices around creativity and innovation - especially if we work with children - have a great impact, ultimately, on the economy. This is a fun video with George Stroumboulopoulos and Amanda Lang

ange_f Jul 16, 2013

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Power of Why. I don't usually gravitate towards "business" books, but there was so much that was applicable to my personal life that I found myself pulled along really quickly.

The section of the book I was most engaged by was the part about Me, Inc. Definitely planning to sit down with myself and generate a MASSIVE list of life goals, to see what I get to when I exhaust the usual suspects. Not sure where I'll find a board of directors to help me figure out how to make them happen, but we'll see what happens when I make it that far.

It's a quick read, with lots of interesting ideas. I liked that it was specific to the Canadian experience, too. So rare to actually find that perspective.

JaclynA Jun 30, 2013

Repeats the same idea over and over and over. Could'nt finish. I wanted more out of this book.

ehbooklover Jun 24, 2013

I’ll admit that I didn’t have very high expectations when I picked up this book. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Lang is a talented writer and kept me invested in what could have been a very dry topic by loading her book with lots of relevant and interesting professional and personal examples of innovation. A great read chock full of insights that can be applied to both work and personal life.

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