Summary of Change Your Questions, Change Your Life

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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life book summary
What questions can you ask to be more productive? This self-help guide offers a new way to build your sense of perspective.


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Marilee G. Adams found that she could generate positive changes in her behavior and productivity by changing the defensive questions that she previously asked in the face of adversity. Analyzing those protective questions showed her that she took setbacks and criticism too personally. Asking different questions enabled her to reframe each moment and create growth opportunities. Adams illustrates the problem-solving power of honest curiosity. Her "QuestionThinking" method generates practical ways to change your mind, literally. These are great ideas; however, their repetition within a fictional storyline may annoy some readers, while others may like this allegorical approach to telling the tale. The self-questioning techniques are easy to employ, and will help you examine situations from different points of view, which can come in quite handy. getAbstract recommends adding this set of tools to your interpersonal communication toolkit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to use "QuestionThinking" principles; and
  • How to "switch" from a "judger" viewpoint to a more positive, inquiring method of solving problems.


Ben Knight took an executive position in a failing company that hired him to turn things around. It was a sink-or-swim situation. Within two weeks, he felt unqualified to do his job. When he offered to resign, his boss insisted that he work with an "inquiring...
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About the Author

Marilee G. Adams, Ph.D., is a consultant, a psychotherapist and the founder of a corporate training organization.

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