A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
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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 f...more
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Published March 7th 2006 by Riverhead Trade (first published January 1st 2005)
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T.J.
May 25, 2008 T.J. rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my enemies, self absorbed petty bourgeois functionaries unconcerned with global poverty
I hate this book and want to set it on fire.

No, seriously. Daniel Pink takes a bunch of self-evident ideas, hammers them togethers with some feel-good rationale, and writes a pampered, whiny how-to of middle class comfort telling us to use our right brains to stay competitive and maintain our middle class relevance.

His examples are trite and his sources appalling--looking at the selections at your local suburban Target is not the way of justifying your belief in a culture of abundance, you self...more
Kelly
Jul 09, 2008 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: insecure lefties :)
Recommended to Kelly by: Heggel
Shelves: 2008
Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind makes many excellent points. Unfortunately, it suffers from an awkward and unconvincing metaphorical framework.

Chapter 1: Right Brain Rising

Pink starts out explaining about the brain’s left and right hemispheres, and how each side is responsible for different cognitive activities - the left hemisphere tends to be responsible for sequential logic, analysis, and language; the right hemisphere for holistic reasoning, pattern recognition, emotions and body language. So...more
Joanne
I’m a “right-brainer”. In the language of Myers-Brigg’s typology, I am an extreme INFP, an introverted feeling type (heart vs. head), with strong leanings towards intuition (vs. sensing), and perceiving (vs. judgment). As an “intuitive”, I make all sorts of connections, linking ideas, and often jumping from one thought to another. Trying to keep up with me in conversation, people sometimes say that I am “all over the place.” This typology has not always served me well in my career, particularly...more
Rawan
كتاب جميل بحق ، من يقرأه يشعر أنه يعيش العصر
يعيش اللحظة . ينقلك الكتاب الى محطات ست ..بعد أن يذكر
أهميتها ومدى صِدق جمالها ، يتحدث عن مهارة التعاطف و المعنى و السيمفونية
و التصميم و القصة ..بعيدًا كليًا عن مقالات العلوم التطبيقة ،و قريبً
جدًا من الروحانية المُفتَقدة في عصرنا ..هو باختصار يحكي
أن من ستكون له السطوة في العصر القادم سيكون إنساًنًا بحق .
كتاب اتمنى أن يعفني الوقت لأعيد قراءته مرة و أخرى .
Trevor
After enjoying Drive this book was surprisingly disappointing. The basic line is that if you are doing something that can be done by computers or more cheaply by Asian workers then your job probably doesn’t have a future. You are probably doing something much too ‘left-brained’ and you need to start doing something more ‘right-brained’.

This guy really does like to categorise ideas – he has six main categories in this one that you need to be good at if you are going to make it in the new world o...more
Elliott
This book was better than what reviewers and critics were saying about it.Daniel makes it completely clear that to survive in the conceptual age, we need to harness the power of our right brained cognitive abilities. In concordance, left brained cognitive abilities have simply grown obsolete, completely vulnerable to the affects/threats of the conceptual age, because their working function can now be either be automated, shipped off to foreign grounds (due to globalization), or be terminated bec...more
Joel
Pink's proposal is a touch idealistic, but the vision he paints is promising. Basically, since automation and outsourcing to Asia can now accomplish lots of left-brain heavy jobs (computer coding, etc.) and since affordability of so many products has freed up some of our time and energy, Pink suggests that future jobs (and happiness) will depend more on those who master six critical senses managed by the right side (the creative side) of the brain: design, play, story, symphony, empathy, and mea...more
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هذا الكتاب جعلني أرقص طرباً
لن أزيد عن ذلك !
Rick
Besides having an author name seemingly borrowed from “Reservoir Dogs,” there is much to like in this popular business/pop psychology book. It posits a movement from an era when “Left-Brained” Knowledge Work was at a premium to one in which “Right-Brained High-Concept and High Touch” Work will be the demand opportunity. Computers and a global workforce have reduced the at home demand for knowledge work—computers do it massively faster and smart, English-speaking workers in West Asia and Africa d...more
Brandy
Pink has a fundamentally decent, and possibly true, point--that in order to succeed, today's workers need to be more creative than ever before, because all of the logic-driven drone-work will be done by, well, drones--but his point gets buried in this pop-psych, new-agey rhetoric. His advice on what sorts of traits will be necessary seem obvious to me--they boil down to play nice with others, make connections between people and ideas, and have fun--but he did lose me at the end where he advocate...more
Lauren Deland
If you are already the type to work through your ideas by sketching, dreaming, and creating, this book isn't likely to tell you anything you don't already know. You may, however, come away feeling a little smug towards the persistent chorus of voices that cast doubts on the aspirations of those drawn towards the arts and liberal arts studies.
That is, until you realize that Pink's assertion that "right-brainers will rule the future" isn't really substantiated in this book. Pink begins the book...more
Steven
I was disappointed with this book. I must confess I did not finish it. I'm writing a review for the first 60%. I did learn some things. It has been a while since my psychology classes and I enjoyed the brain review. However, it degrades into a cheerleading book without much support. I lost interest at the point where he talks about the CEO who hires poets instead of MBA holders. I need a bit more support to the argument than I asked some rich guy. Are there any studies comparing the success rat...more
Dwight
While I'm sympathetic to the opinion that folks with creativity provide valuable services and will continue to be in demand, anybody with half a left brain can see that most of the arguments advanced herein are faulty or poorly supported. Most of the evidence offered is anecdotal. When the author does us the (occasional) service of providing a reference, it is usually a weak source, a secondary source, or a source completely unrelated to the fact/quote stated. There may be a decent idea in here,...more
Lain
Really loved this book. I found so many actionable items to push my own thinking further, in new directions. I even plan to develop a scrapbooking class around the information I learned.
Prateek Jain
Jul 24, 2011 Prateek Jain rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one.
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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink is a text which examines why right brainers or people with more creative and artistic abilities are going to rule the future. His argument is that due to Abundace, Asia and Automation, Left-Brained people or people with technical abilities are going to loose their edge in the job market. The only solution for them to remain relevant is to pick up skills which are more artistic and creative to enhance their skill set and...more
Sally Linford
Although it goes against my principles to give 5 stars to a self-help book, I make an exception for this gem. It's fascinating and revealing, and full of hope for the future (there's a rare commodity). My book club really loved it--all of us.

Pink (yes, that's his name) outlines his vision for the next generation of world business trends in our "flat" world where automation, asia, and abundance have created new requirements for success--requirements that for the most part come out of the right br...more
Annie
The subtitle "Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" gives the impression that left-brain thinking (e.g., logic, data, and analytics) will become irrelevant in the future... to be replaced by right-brain thinking (e.g., design, empathy, and creativity). And throughout the book, the author is biased towards right-brain thinking. He gives lots of anecdotal assertions, rather than facts or data. For example, one of the reasons why Apple products is so appealing is its design, not its speed and me...more
Edy
Buku ini bercerita tentang adanya pergeseran dari pemikiran otak kiri (Directed Left Thinking) yang teoritis dan analitis ke arah pemikiran otak kanan (Directed Right Thinking). Pergeseran tersebut didorong oleh adanya masa kelimpahmewahan, otomatisasi dan serbuan negara dengan tenaga kerja murah. Ketika selera orang semakin meningkat sedangkan komputerisasi dan tenaga kerja murah dari asia membanjir, membuat warga negara maju harus berpikir tentang eksistensi mereka di dunia tenaga kerja.

Menur...more
Kali
This is the main text I am using in the class I am teaching. It is a very engaging read and very heartening to individuals who never quite excelled at left-brain activity.

It revolves around the idea that we are reaching a new paradigm -- that we are moving out of the information age and into the conceptual age. Great for those interested in the creating a life in the arts or who don't feel relevent because they are not fluent in Java script and HTML.
Jackie
Just Finished (14) A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink. Pink's premise is that there has been another cultural/economic shift in the world. Each time one occurs, people become richer, technologies become more powerful and the world becomes more connected. We have moved from the Agriculture Age(farmers) to the Industrial Age (factory workers) to the Information Age (knowledge workers) and now to the Conceptual Age (creators and empathizers).

The Information...more
David. Luck
This is a very good read that suggests that right brain workers are going to move into the work force in increasing numbers because of current forces: abundance, Asia, and automation. It certainly got me to thinking (with my right brain, of course).
Nicholas Piva
In his book he expresses conclusive evidence and some opinions about how America is going from a left brain society to a right brain. First off, the corpus collosum connects the left and right brains. As he extensively explains in this book we are a predominantly left brain society and have been for all of America’s history. The left side of the brain is more logical, analytical, and sequential. In contrast, the right side is more creative, emotion based, and simultaneous. People with an impaire...more
Oswego Public Library District
Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future explores the characteristics of the left and right hemispheres of the brain and the shift to what Pink calls the Conceptual Age. According to Pink, learning to master the six senses of design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning are essential steps to becoming successful in the Conceptual Age. The second half of A Whole New Mind consists of chapters where Pink delves into the details of each of his six senses. Pink i...more
Terri
I am generally not a non-fiction reader, but, simply put - this is a must read! "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" contains potentially life-changing information. For me it came at the perfect time. I have been thinking a lot about the change that will inevitably be a part of all of our lives as we deal with the current economic crisis. This is a turning point in our history. When I ran the current situation through the filter of reading "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brai...more
Anne
My friend Susan suggested I read this book when I told her about my new approach to teaching left-brain subjects like math. I hypothesized that the reason why students struggle with left-brain subjects is because they are right-brain thinkers. Thus my 10 years in the arts world should help when I teach math -- i.e. try to use metaphors, analogies, pictures, etc rather than the flow-chart, logical approach that brilliant left-brainers are used to.

The problem is that the left-brain subject teacher...more
Lars Guthrie
Not sure about this book's central premise, which I'll barely oversimplify as right brain good, left brain bad (or at least outdated). Are we really on the edge of a utopia where we can farm out all the boring stuff? Kids playing video games all the time is a sign of better education that is leading to a new age of "high touch" conceptualization?

But once I tossed all that out, I really enjoyed Pink's style and his many suggestions on how to exercise your brain, exercise which uses both left and...more
Megatherium
It is not not that I necessarily disagree with the theme of the book, that "right-brainers" will come into their own in the next century, it is more that the author fails to provide any real proof for one of his main theses: that we are moving into an age of abundance. The lone tidbit of proof offered up is that there are more choices of consumer goods today than their were in the 1970s, and that what was once considered in the luxury category has become rather everyday and mundane.

Abundance, As...more
David Buckley
Rating = NO STARS

"BASELESS NEW AGE GOBBLEDYGOOK"(16) is how Pink describes other books about Right Brain superiority.

Apparently we're supposed to believe that what's true of all the others is NOT true about his book. His one is different! ... Only: It isn't!

It is, in point of verifiable fact, one of the most appalling pieces of drivel ever published. It's an insult to human intelligence. Which helps explain why business types -- the ultimate example of the Herd Mind at "work"-- have flocked to...more
Seth
I read Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind on my flight from Dallas to Chicago this morning. It turned out to be a shockingly quick read. While I was put off for several chapters by his apparent need to ingratiate himself to left-brain directed skeptics (myself included), I was gratified to find that he did have a clear line of reasoning, rich in examples of why right-brain directed folks will be in greater comparative demand in the coming years. Much like Thomas Friedman, but much, much quicker to g...more
Susan
This powerful and inspiring book by Daniel Pink is an optimistic look at the future of the American workplace. Pink believes that we have moved from the Information Age (fueled by left-brained knowledge workers) to the Conceptual Age (driven by right-brained creators and empathizers). The book is an easy and fun read, yet is impeccably researched and cited; Pink has clearly mastered harmony between both sides of his brain. He believes that we can develop a “Whole New Mind’ by developing six apti...more
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Daniel H. Pink is the author of a trio of provocative, bestselling books on the changing world of work: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and Free Agent Nation. His next book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, will be published in 2010.

Dan's articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including The...more
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