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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching and Life

(3rd Edition)

Marilee Adams, Ph.D.; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, CA. 2016

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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is a quick-read business and relationship fable about executive coaching and inquiring leadership that illustrates the unique power of asking the best kinds of questions for the most desirable result that people want in their professional and personal lives.

You’ll learn what kinds of questions help (or hinder) your chances for success, satisfaction, and even breakthroughs. Now available in over 14 languages, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life outlines simple, practical and powerful questioning tools for new thinking, possibilities and results. It includes a workbook of Question-Thinking tools and practices.

“Marilee’s book, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, is the kind of book that hits the reader right between the eyes with its straightforward, commonsense approach to living a productive life. In my case, it provided an excellent platform for the transformational work Marilee and I designed and implemented with my group of executives. Even today, it is one of a few volumes that I keep on my desk for ready reference.”

Charles J. Maloney, Jr., retired Managing Executive Director, Learning and Development

“Well done, Dr. Adams. Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is the rare book that I use almost every day. I asked Learner questions to quickly transform a delicate organizational situation that had seemed intractable for a whole year. Your Question Thinking work changes paradigms, organizations, and lives. It’s a classic!”

Rev. Dr. John McAuley, President and CEO, Muskoka Woods

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Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is used as the basis for Question Thinking training for leaders, managers, executives, coaches, consultants, and teams in organizations around the world. The first edition was a word-of-mouth best seller for Berrett-Koehler, having sold over 75,000 copies worldwide.

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Teaching That Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning

Marilee Adams, Ph.D.; Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco, CA. 2013


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Igniting the Love of Learning

In response to educators who are already fans of her bestseller Change Your Questions, Change Your Life, Marilee Adams, the originator of Question Thinking™, presents a compelling model for creating a classroom environment infused with curiosity, creativity, and caring. Through a moving story of a teacher on the verge of burnout, Adams demonstrates the powerful influence our mindsets have on how we interact with our students, our colleagues, and ourselves. Through vivid examples, she illustrates how cultivating what she calls a Learner Mindset leads to breakthroughs in critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Complete with Adams’s Choice Map for identifying our own mindsets, a workbook, and access to online resources, this inspiring book will transform teachers and students alike into open-minded, creative, resilient problem solvers and lifelong learners.

Click here to download a preview of the book’s contents, forward, introduction, and first two chapters (including an image of the new Choice Map).

“Marilee Adams is an engaging writer. Using the medium of storytelling, she clearly explains the importance of developing a Learner mindset and the necessity for educators to create inquiry-based learning environments infused with curiosity, creativity, and caring. Any educator, in higher education and K–12 is sure to benefit from reading this valuable and practical book.”

Patrick Blessinger, founder and Executive Director, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association

“Marilee’s work has changed the life of my campus.”

Verna Fitzsimmons, PhD, CEO, Kansas State University Salina, and Dean, College of Technology and Aviation

“This beautiful narrative, evoking the struggles and victories of real people and real situations, awakens our hopes and aspirations for igniting the love of learning, not just for our students but within the very heart of our own teaching…as useful for youth workers, camp counselors, and parents as it is for classroom teachers.”

John McAuley, President and CEO, The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods, Canada

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The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy

(Wiley Series in Couples and Family Dynamics and Treatment)

Marilee Adams, Ph.D.; Wiley Publishers

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

–Albert Einstein

The Art of the Question extends the range of cognitive-behavioral therapy by elaborating on the ways that internal questions program thought, emotion, and behavior. Describing a groundbreaking, question-centered approach to therapy, the concepts and practices in this book are essential for facilitating successful counseling and therapy. The Art of the Question contains everything therapists need to add question-centered methods to their therapeutic toolkits.

The question-driven nature of choice is one of the pillars of question-centered therapy. The Art of the Question offers practical psycho-educational tools to help clients create better choices, be more effective in the ways they make choices, and take responsibility for their decisions. Clients learn to ask questions leading to solutions and positive possibilities, rather than those focusing on problems, negativity, and limitations. They discover that healing, growth, creativity, and change are often catalyzed through the simple act of changing their questions.

The Art of the Question includes:

  • Question strategies for win-win marriages
  • Many compelling clinical cases and vignettes
  • Detailed methods for helping clients discover and transform the silent, implicit questions that program their lives
  • A framework for asking questions of clients at each stage of the therapeutic process
  • Illustrated psycho-educational materials for clients

The Art of the Question contains everything therapists need to incorporate question-centered methods into their therapeutic tool kits, making it an essential resource and reference guide for all mental health professionals.

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