Inquiry Institute; Great results begin with great questions.


At the Inquiry Institute we are dedicated to bringing the benefits of open-minded inquiry to individuals, teams, families, organizations, and society at large. People who ask the best questions get the best results everywhere in their lives. We show you how to do this through a variety of services, training programs, publications, and products that have impacted many thousands of people around the world, especially in the past 10 years. All of our work is based on a uniquely powerful methodology, the QUESTION THINKING™ (QT) system, which provides simple, practical and proven tools for positive change.

Intentional and sustainable change always begins with changes in thinking. This is the “sweet spot” that QT skills and tools provide. It is also why QT is aligned and complementary with new understandings of change provided by neuroscience as well as with perspectives and methods associated with Positive Psychology; Emotional, Social and Moral Intelligence; Appreciative Inquiry; Action Learning; and Learning Organizations.

Our goal for this website is to provide new possibilities, empowered by QUESTION THINKING™ , that can contribute to your success. We invite you to take advantage of the resources on our website, explore how our services and products can make a positive difference for you and your organization, and engage with us and our growing learning community.

Who Is Inquiry Institute?

Marilee Adams, Ph.D., is an author, executive coach, facilitator, and professional speaker. She is president and founder of the Inquiry Institute, a consulting, coaching, and educational organization and the originator of the QUESTION THINKING™  methodologies. Marilee is the author of Teaching That Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning, her latest book about cultivating the Learner Mindset for breakthroughs in schools, and Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 10 Powerful Tools for Life and Work, a best-selling business and relationship fable about an executive coach and inquiring leadership.