Out of the Question: How Curious Leader Win

Out of the Question

So Why This Book?

Out of the Question: How Curious Leader Win offers a new mindset and a practical approach to thriving in the firestorm of change facing today’s leaders. Existing businesses and business models are facing disruption at all levels. Our younger employees are not satisfied with just a “job” but rather want work that allows them to be involved and included in decisions or they will walk. Leaders of teams who, in the past, could lead through command and control are finding themselves unable to keep up with the pace of change and the expanding challenges of engaging their talent.

This book offers readers a new and relevant framework to guide both personal and group decision-making. With rich stories and practical approaches, you will learn where you currently fall between two leadership styles defined as the Knower leader and the Learner leader. The authors demonstrate how you can make continuous progress towards the ideals of Learner Leadership in order to achieve the best possible outcomes, which inspire and engage teams.

This book offers readers a new and relevant framework to guide both personal and group decision-making.

The key for leaders today is to carefully forge authentic and genuine questions, delivered with the right tone and in the right setting. By leading with curiosity and wonder, leaders can reduce stress on themselves by no longer needing to have all the answers. Leading with curiosity creates a collaborative learning environment where shared explorations of possible solutions to genuine questions flourishes. The process is rewarding for all and the results allow a team to accelerate their progress through the power of many.

The Authors:

Allan Milham and Guy Parsons have created a fusion of two powerful thought processes found in altogether-too-few C-suite managers: Executive Coaching and Lean Thinking. These two experienced practitioners of both fine arts do more than insist on a management methodology that hinges on asking questions and, specifically on asking the right kinds of questions.
Their prescriptions and suggestions come from long careers. Allan’s expertise relates to his fully articulated executive coaching style, which is highly personalized. Guy draws on his decades of experience as a thought leader, practitioner, and mentor to organizations and teams that want to emulate the success of archetypal lean organizations. Their skill sets have transformed enterprises, operating groups, and individuals in realms as diverse and vital to our economy as manufacturing, healthcare, finance, and professional services.

Both authors are experts in their fields. Allan’s explanation of his own professional transformation is at the core of this book, and Guy’s experience as one of the first lean leaders sets the scene for a very hands-on statement of mission, as well as a detailed, step-by-step, path to successful implementation. The blending of their experiences, with its clear prescription for curiosity, insight, and action, will enrich your personal and professional life. The lessons to be learned from the authors’ experience span the full range of control of any organization: from line responsibility to the highest reaches of management and Boards. Allan and Guy provide the reader with a roadmap and a methodology to optimize such efforts.

This blog series will bring fresh thinking to a broad topic in the world of leadership and asking questions. We offer this the beginning to be in dialogue with you as you elevate your leadership through the power of the question and evoking more curiosity in your world.


  1. You ought to write a guide on this. I’d be considered a buyer right away.

  2. Major thanks for the post.Thanks Again. Will read on… Tayna

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