Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Creative Problem Solving, Innovation, and Change

Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Creative Problem Solving, Innovation, and Change

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Course Dates Format Location Duration Time Commitment Price
Oct 27-28, 2022 In Person Cambridge, MA 2 days 7 hours/day $4,900

Tracks

Management and Leadership

Certificate Credits

2.0 EEUs

Topics

- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

 Course Highlights

  • This highly interactive course helps executives cultivate deeply inquisitive leadership practices that can lead to breakthrough results
  • You will learn conceptual frameworks and behavioral habits for cultivating an inquiry-driven approach to leadership and life
  • You will bring a real challenge to workshop and leave with research-based insights and methods for transforming yourself, your teams, and your organization into being more curious, fearless, and innovative
  • Course discussions and practical applications draw on interviews with several hundred business leaders during the past decade
  • You will earn a certificate of course completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management

 

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Why attend Questions are the Answer?

What if you could unlock a better answer to your most vexing problem just by changing the question? Talk to the world’s most creative problem-solvers and they will often tell you that asking the right questions led them to discover their most valuable innovations and continues to fuel positive change in their companies today.

Take the social entrepreneur who created GoldieBlox, Debbie Sterling, who wondered, “Why are all the great building toys made for boys?” Or, consider Nobel laureate Richard Thaler, who questioned, “Would it change economic theory if we stopped pretending people were rational?” Marc Benioff launched Salesforce with a query, “Why are we still loading and upgrading software when we have the internet?” that created cloud-based software services. And Rod Drury, founder of Xero, routinely asks, “What is the exact opposite of what an incumbent would expect us to do?” to challenge the industry.

Great questions like these have a catalytic quality—that is, they dissolve barriers to creative thinking and channel the pursuit of solutions into new, accelerated pathways. Asking such questions is essential in today’s world where globalization, digitization, and disruption push leaders to the edge of uncertainty and force them to figure out what they don’t know they don’t know – before it’s too late. Decades ago Peter Drucker grasped this truth when wisely warning that the “important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless, if not dangerous, as the right answer to the wrong question.” This is especially true in our times of radical transformation.

This highly interactive course helps executives cultivate deeply inquisitive leadership practices that can lead to breakthrough results and improved problem-solving techniques. Bring a real challenge to workshop and leave with research-based insights and methods for transforming yourself, your teams, and your organization into being more curious, fearless, and innovative.

 

Course experience

In this highly interactive program, Hal Gregersen and Roger Lehman deliver unique insights into the behaviors of extraordinary leaders and the unique conditions they created at work and in life to ask catalytic, game-changing questions.

This course will help executives cultivate deeply inquisitive leadership practices that can lead to breakthrough results. Come ready to make progress on a real challenge you face and leave prepared to lay the foundation for truly catalytic questions to fuel greater success at work, and perhaps in life.

  • Course discussions and practical applications draw on interviews with several hundred business leaders during the past decade, including research studies conducted specifically for Gregersen’s newest book, Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life
  • Through engaging discussion and active challenge-driven exercises, you will learn conceptual frameworks and behavioral habits for cultivating an inquiry-driven approach to leadership and life
  • The presented methodologies will also help you overcome the natural challenges of isolation as a senior leader and help you uncover your greatest blindspots—what you don’t know you don’t know
  • Drawing from the successful approaches of companies like Amazon, ASOS, Patagonia, Pixar, and Zappos, you will learn how to create the special conditions for curiosity, inquiry, and “creative friction” to thrive and to fuel productive change in your organization

Learn more about the live online experience.    

Learn more about the in-person experience

We do not recommend this course if you have already completed Inquiry-Driven Leadership, unless you are seeking a refresher of the content.

 

Applying to the course

We accept enrollments until the offering reaches capacity at which point we will maintain a waitlist. Many of the courses fill up several weeks in advance, so we advise that you enroll as early as possible to secure your seat.

You can begin the application process by using the red Enroll Now bar at the bottom of the screen.

 

Register with peace of mind
If you’re ready to participate in an in-person course but are concerned about how COVID may impact your travel plans, we understand. That’s why we’re offering worry-free enrollment. If you need to transfer your enrollment to a future course offering, we will waive the normal fees and issue you a credit that can be used within one year.

 

COVID-19 policies

See our on-campus Covid-19 policies.

 

Have questions?

Contact Us if you would like to speak with a program director or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions about our courses.

Upon successful completion of your course, you will earn a certificate of completion from the MIT Sloan School of Management. This course may also count toward MIT Sloan Executive Certificate requirements.

 

As a participant in this course, you will learn

  • How to create the unique conditions for catalytic questioning to cause radical shifts in beliefs and behaviors
  • What behavioral approaches can open a window onto “things you don’t know you don’t know” – the blind spot of any leader
  • How to generate greater individual and organizational value from uncomfortable, assumption-challenging experiences
  • How to become more reflectively quiet and engage the “power of the pause” more often at work and in life
  • Where, when, and how change-focused CEOs and innovators disrupt and transform their industries by leveraging their questioning capital—a track record of seizing on catalytic questions and seeing them through to impact

 

This superb course stretches your thinking but also makes you see the power of asking the right questions in ways that you didn't know existed. My professional and personal life has changed for the better, a life-changing investment in my future allowing me to make an even bigger positive impact on those around me. I highly recommend this course!

Sample Schedule—Subject to Change

This program is designed for

Individuals seeking to:

  • solve big challenges
  • lead positive change and disruption
  • create a culture of inquiry and creative problem solving in their teams and organization

The course content is applicable to professionals in any role and in any industry, but has been designed with senior managers and executives in mind. If you're ready to make progress on a real challenge you face, confront your potential blind spots as a leader, and practice truly catalytic questioning—all among a diverse group of peers from around the world—then this program is for you.

Prior to the first day of sessions, participants are expected to complete pre-work about their questioning practices that will better prepare them for the learning experience.

 

 

Wow! By far the best course I have ever taken. Hal and Roger are phenomenal, sincere and passionate teachers… This was a highly interactive class with many breakout sessions in which you're able to practice the teachings and techniques. I started to apply these teachings and techniques in my own life and I have noticed substantial changes...

 
Course Dates Format Location Duration Time Commitment Price
Oct 27-28, 2022 In Person Cambridge, MA 2 days 7 hours/day $4,900

Tracks

Management and Leadership

Certificate Credits

2.0 EEUs

Topics

- Organizations & Leadership

- Strategy & Innovation

Enroll Now!

$4,900