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Books: The Answer to How is Yes

The Answer to How Is Yes:
Acting On What Matters

by Peter Block (2002)

Looking to build more accountability and meaning into your organization? Peter Block’s book, The Answer To How Is Yes, offers a thought-provoking reframe on giving attention to what is important. Leadership, he suggests, must include the perspective of the social architect to counter the engineer and economist archtype that drives most workplaces. Finding the right question is perhaps more important than vision and problem-solving. Consider for example, the difference if you stop asking yourself the question “How long will it take?” and instead ask “What commitment am I willing to make?” I find this the most philosophical of Peter Block’s books, and recommended it to those who welcome having their thinking stimulated rather than the next round of “how-to” bullet points.

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