Ask More

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

 Ask More

Author: Frank Sesno
Pub Date: January 2017
Print Edition: $25.00
Print ISBN: 9780814436714
Page Count: 272
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814436721

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ASK MORE

The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change

The Answer to Fixing Problems, Building Bonds, and Achieving Breakthroughs

by Emmy Award-winning journalist FRANK SESNO

with a Foreword by Wolf Blitzer

We learn, connect, and invent, solve mysteries, break down barriers, hold others accountable, ponder our purpose, and live generously through the questions we ask.

“Smart questions make smarter people,” attests an expert on thoughtful and fruitful inquiry, Frank Sesno. “But the fact is, most of us don’t really understand how questions work—or how to make them work for us. In school we study math and science, literature and history. At work we learn about outcomes and metrics, profit and loss. But never do we study how to ask questions strategically, how to listen actively, or how to use questions as a powerful tool toward accomplishing what we really want to achieve.”

Sesno fills that knowledge gap with ASK MORE: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change (AMACOM; January 10, 2017; $25.00 Hardcover). A former CNN anchor and White House Correspondent, and currently director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, Sesno offers insights, inspiration, and guidance on asking questions with intention and confidence, listening deeply with an ear for nuance, and getting interesting, illuminating, meaningful, and productive answers.

“Sincere questions too often play second fiddle to certainty, ideology, and outrage,” Sesno notes, due to our search-engine-fueled appetites for fast answers and social-media- spurred rushes to judgment. Through stories of remarkable people who use questions to motivate and excel, ASK MORE makes a compelling case for developing the discipline and embracing the practice of assuming less, asserting less, and asking more.

In each of its eleven main chapters, ASK MORE explores a different type of question to ask, driven by its own approach and listening skills. Readers will discover:

• The payoff of using diagnostic questions to accurately assess and cure an ailing business, from renowned corporate turnaround artist Steve Miller.

• Why strategic questions can ease tough decisions and mitigate risks, with lessons from General Colin Powell and the Gates Foundation’s battle against malaria.

• How empathy questions work to break down walls between strangers, strengthen bonds, and lead to self-discovery, from a master interviewer, NPR’s Terry Gross.

• The secret to reaching out and gaining cooperation from the wary, the distrustful, or even the hostile, whether suspected terrorists or teenagers: bridging questions.

• Why Anderson Cooper and Univision’s Jorge Ramos excel at wielding confrontational questions to hold others accountable for past actions.

• The power of using creativity questions to get people to imagine, aim high, and soar above failure, from a successful TV producer and a visionary politician.

• How to use mission questions to create a sense of purpose, gain supporters, and raise funds, from a trailblazer in the fight against global hunger.

ASK MORE also delves into scientific questions, interview questions, entertaining questions, and legacy questions with lessons from executive recruiters, hospice care advocates, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Socrates, and others, as well as Sesno’s career and life. Riveting and enlightening, ASK MORE is a book for everyone with a stake in overcoming obstacles, getting along with others, meeting goals, following dreams, and finding answers that matter.

About the Author

FRANK SESNO is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and former anchor, White House Correspondent, Washington Bureau Chief, and talk show host for CNN. He currently serves as director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative forum seeking solutions to daunting challenges such as global hunger. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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