CL199: How To Ask Better Questions – Interview with Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen
Hal Gregersen is the Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a prolific author and a motivational speaker. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s fifty most innovative minds, he has authored or coauthored ten books, including the bestselling The Innovator’s DNA, written with Jeff Dyer and Clayton Christensen. His latest book is called ‘Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life’.
In this episode, we cover:
  • 3:56 – How to ask catalytic questions
  • 4:33 – The quest for better questions
  • 6:20 – The role of answers
  • 8:48 – The five why’s
  • 10:06 – Question bursts exercise
  • 12:28 – Reframing the question
  • 14:58 – Pixar Braintrust and Disney Storytrust
  • 17:37 – The question Steve Jobs asked Jony Ive every day
  • 18:30 – Why good questions are recursive
  • 19:20 – The benefits of quiet reflection
  • 26:24 – Primary or Keystone Questions

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