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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

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Lawyers. Accountants. Radiologists. Software engineers. That's what our parents encouraged us to become when we grew up. But Mom and Dad were wrong. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of "left brain" dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which "right brain" qualities — inventiveness, empathy, meaning — predominate. That's the argument at the center of this provocative and original book, which uses the two sides of our brains as a metaphor for understanding the contours of our times.

In the tradition of Emotional Intelligence and Now, Discover Your Strengths, Daniel H. Pink offers a fresh look at what it takes to excel. A Whole New Mind reveals the six essential aptitudes on which professional success and personal fulfillment now depend, and includes a series of hands-on exercises culled from experts around the world to help readers sharpen the necessary abilities. This book will change not only how we see the world but how we experience it as well.

Review:

"Just as information workers surpassed physical laborers in economic importance, Pink claims, the workplace terrain is changing yet again, and power will inevitably shift to people who possess strong right brain qualities. His advocacy of 'R-directed thinking' begins with a bit of neuroscience tourism to a brain lab that will be extremely familiar to those who read Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open last year, but while Johnson was fascinated by the brain's internal processes, Pink is more concerned with how certain skill sets can be harnessed effectively in the dawning 'Conceptual Age.' The second half of the book details the six 'senses' Pink identifies as crucial to success in the new economy-design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning-while 'portfolio' sections offer practical (and sometimes whimsical) advice on how to cultivate these skills within oneself. Thought-provoking moments abound-from the results of an intensive drawing workshop to the claim that 'bad design' created the chaos of the 2000 presidential election-but the basic premise may still strike some as unproven. Furthermore, the warning that people who don't nurture their right brains 'may miss out, or worse, suffer' in the economy of tomorrow comes off as alarmist. But since Pink's last big idea (Free Agent Nation) has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations, expect just as much buzz around his latest theory." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A very important, convincingly argued, and mind-altering book." Po Bronson, author of What Should I Do With My Life?

Review:

"For soon-to-be liberal-arts grads, it's an encouraging graduation gift." Newsweek

Review:

"[A] profound read packed with an abundance of references to books, seminars, Web sites, and such to guide your adjustment to expanding your right brain if you plan to survive and prosper in the Western world." Booklist

Synopsis:

From the author of Free Agent Nation comes an original work that outlines six fundamentally human abilities that are essentials for success and personal fulfillment — and how to master them.

Synopsis:

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers — creative and holistic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment-and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

Synopsis:

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

Synopsis:

The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of the forthcoming book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

About the Author

Daniel H. Pink is the bestselling author of Free Agent Nation. His articles on work, business, and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Slate, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation, innovation, and business strategy. Pink lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

Table of Contents

A Whole New Mind Introduction

Part One: The Conceptual Age

One. Right Brain Rising

Two. Abundance, Asia, and Automation

Three. High Concept, High Touch

Part Two: The Six Senses

Introducing the Six Senses

Four. Design

Five. Story

Six. Symphony

Seven. Empathy

Eight. Play

Nine. Meaning

Afterword

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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Stpaulgirl, September 4, 2011 (view all comments by Stpaulgirl)
Pink makes some interesting points about the value of a well-rounded brain and skill sets that go beyond typical "left-directed" skills and branch out into creativity, empathy, and the purported domain of the right brain. He is less persuasive when he's gazing into his crystal ball and offering advice such as "Get an MFA because corporations love hiring creative people." However, the second half of the book offers interesting summaries of right-brained skills and habits that can help all of us connect with each other and find meaning in a rapidly changing world.
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Marvel, January 16, 2011 (view all comments by Marvel)
Daniel Pink is a great author. He dissects the right-brainers and left-brainers and then puts them back together to have a more unified life in the 21st century.
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banu_erguder, December 8, 2006 (view all comments by banu_erguder)
This title evokes one to think that the tool we need to tackle our near future is just lying inside us unpolished but willing to be used.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594481710
Author:
Pink, Daniel H.
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
Pink, Daniel
Subject:
General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Success
Subject:
Creative thinking
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Success -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.99x6.07x.65 in. .69 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Just as information workers surpassed physical laborers in economic importance, Pink claims, the workplace terrain is changing yet again, and power will inevitably shift to people who possess strong right brain qualities. His advocacy of 'R-directed thinking' begins with a bit of neuroscience tourism to a brain lab that will be extremely familiar to those who read Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open last year, but while Johnson was fascinated by the brain's internal processes, Pink is more concerned with how certain skill sets can be harnessed effectively in the dawning 'Conceptual Age.' The second half of the book details the six 'senses' Pink identifies as crucial to success in the new economy-design, story, symphony, empathy, play and meaning-while 'portfolio' sections offer practical (and sometimes whimsical) advice on how to cultivate these skills within oneself. Thought-provoking moments abound-from the results of an intensive drawing workshop to the claim that 'bad design' created the chaos of the 2000 presidential election-but the basic premise may still strike some as unproven. Furthermore, the warning that people who don't nurture their right brains 'may miss out, or worse, suffer' in the economy of tomorrow comes off as alarmist. But since Pink's last big idea (Free Agent Nation) has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations, expect just as much buzz around his latest theory." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A very important, convincingly argued, and mind-altering book."
"Review" by , "For soon-to-be liberal-arts grads, it's an encouraging graduation gift."
"Review" by , "[A] profound read packed with an abundance of references to books, seminars, Web sites, and such to guide your adjustment to expanding your right brain if you plan to survive and prosper in the Western world."
"Synopsis" by , From the author of Free Agent Nation comes an original work that outlines six fundamentally human abilities that are essentials for success and personal fulfillment — and how to master them.
"Synopsis" by , The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers — creative and holistic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the world, Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment-and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.
"Synopsis" by ,
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

"Synopsis" by ,
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the world, Pink (author of the forthcoming book To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are absolute essentials for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and a provocative and necessary new way of thinking about a future that's already here.

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