Shortlisted: 2015 Leadership Award
Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Senior Fellow at Innosight.
To grasp how leaders find and ask catalytic questions – ones that change the world – Gregersen’s newest book, Questions are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and In Life (a Nautilus Book Award winner in 2018), builds on 200+ interviews with renowned business, technology, education, government, social enterprise, and artistic leaders. This question-centric project surfaced crucial insights into how leaders create the conditions that give rise to game-changing questions—and breakthrough insights—and how anyone can create them. His related Harvard Business Review article -“Bursting the CEO Bubble: Why Executives Should Talk Less and Ask More” – explored how senior leaders tackle the challenge of isolation by asking better questions that unlock what they don’t know they don’t know – before it’s too late. His most recent Harvard Business Review article – “Better Brainstorming: Focus on Questions, Not Answers, for Breakthrough Insights” – outlined how a unique Question Burst method can help anyone reframe and solve problems better by asking nothing but questions about a vexing challenge for four fast minutes.
Gregersen has co-authored ten books, including The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (with Clayton Christensen & Jeff Dyer) based on interviews with founder entrepreneurs and CEOs at 100+ of the world’s most innovative companies. He is also founder of The 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation.
Putting his insight into practice, Gregersen is the creator of a unique executive development experience “Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making.” The course draws on his two passions – photography and innovation–to teach participants how to ask radically better questions and change their impact as leaders.