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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 Power THINQING™ (PT) 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 PT skills and tools provide. It is also why PT 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 our website and blog is to provide new possibilities, empowered by Power THINQING™, 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 Power THINQING™

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. She also authored a textbook, The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy. She wrote a chapter for Action Learning and Its Applications, Present and Future and coauthored, with Drs. David Cooperrider and Marge Schiller, a chapter for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. She has a chapter in Positively M.A.D.: Making a Difference in Your Organizations, Communities, & the World and has also written articles on expert questioning in coaching and on organizational inquiry and transformation. She is also a guest blogger for Experience Life Magazine.

Marilee is an adjunct professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs in their Key Executive Leadership Program, a member of the Core Faculty, Certificates in Leadership Coaching, cosponsored by Adler International Learning and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University Toronto. She is also affiliated with Columbia University’s Learning & Leadership Group at Teachers College.

Marilee’s Power THINQING™ work forms the core of her presentations, keynotes, workshops and workdays in organizations (including Fortune 50 companies), government agencies, nonprofits, and for communities.

She and her husband, artist and coach, Ed Adams (, live in the arts community and river town of Lambertville, New Jersey.

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