The easy to digest narrative used by Daniel Pink
I read The Power of Habit before reading a Whole new mind, and even though they are connected both books are quite different.
No I have not
yes the 6 new principles of the High meaning High touch era
I will find out some of the books recommended by Daniel and read them
A Biology of Belief
his book is a wake up call for left-brainers. If you've been counting on your amazing logic your whole life it's time to learn to get your right brain up-to-speed!
Here is something about myself.
First of all, I must say that the audiobook is easy to listen to. It didn't require my full attention like other books where I feel lost whenever my mind wanders. It's a well-written book.
The first half is full of insights. I liked it; it gives you another perspective on our mind and why we are what we are. The author used many stories and examples to explain his position and to guide us through the various subjects covered in the book.
The second half however is a little bit disappointing. His analysis is way too much subjective compared to the first half and he gives too much reference material when he could have referred the listeners to a web page containing all those links and books he recommended.
A word on the second half content: I guess it's useful to study in art and see life with our right brain. Balance is the key. I feel that the author seems to forget that in the last chapters. I know plenty of people with advanced art degree but they're just stuck in life because of the way they see life.
I bought this book on a Bogo sale. I don't regret it, but I don't think it is worth a full credit. It was a good read, still.
As a right brainer, I was excited to learn about my bright future. It read like a research paper on why it will eventually become more important to be a creative as opposed to say, an accountant, since accounting can be outsourced and creativity cannot... Seems ironic to espouse creativity in such a dry, non-creative manner.
I'm too instinctual to appreciate this as a research topic. Steve Jobs said something like "Did anyone ask Alexander Graham Bell what were the research findings before he invented the telephone?"
If you are a creative type that's just who you are going to be.
The most interesting hypothesis is that functions that depend on one side of the brain can influence other functions that depend on that side of the brain. For example, the author says or strongly implies that because reading is done left to right in the West, and moving the eyes from left to right is a left brain function, people in the West are more left brain focused. And by doing things that work the right side of the brain, we can build our strength for other right brain functions. It is interesting to think that learning to catch, throw, or write with our non-dominant hand could change the way our brains work.
This was all paraphrased by me, but that is the gist of it.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
The main idea and concept form this book is REALLY good but as a graphic designer proffessor like me I felt offended by the implication that you need no study or training to think o work on the design field... I think the author should take a course and get deeper, it felt really shallow the analysis of the field. Good ideas but felt too light for me.
A Whole New Mind audio book by Daniel H. Pink is entertaining and thought provoking, however I disagree with some of his arguments and conclusions. He suggests those who use their right-brain more will get the better jobs in the 21st century. This maybe true but his argument that left-brain activities are becoming less valuable due to abundance, Asia(low cost overseas workers) and automation are flawed. For example, while right-brain activities may keep us one step ahead of Asia what is to stop them from also engaging in more right-brain activities? His other two arguments have similar holes. That said the book is still worth reading for the right-brain exercises and his general discussion on left vs right brain thinking. This is one audio you should read amazon.com’s reviews.
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
It is an informative book about the brain that does not get too bogged down in scientific specifics, but rather uses a lot of real life examples to illustrate the author's points. Plus, it provides some hope for those of us who are stronger in the right brain.
If you like Malcolm Gladwell's books, I think this is comparable.
N/A as this is non-fiction
Not necessarily, but that's not a bad thing. A book doesn't have to be a rip-roaring page turner to be great. I did get through it pretty quickly.
I think that it is hard for an author to strike the right balance between brain science, social commentary and workplace theory, and Daniel Pink does a great job of getting it right here. It's a good book that makes you feel good about the future of jobs in the United States and other developed countries.
Book blogger at Bookwi.se
I like Daniel Pink. His book Drive on how to motivate employees was very good. I have watched videos of him speaking and in general like his style of Business Psychology books.
But I was not excited about this book. I almost stopped listening several times (and it is only just over 6 hours on audio). I actually missed the last 30 minutes because of a problem with my audiobook player and I did not feel like downloading the file again.
Pink’s point I think is basically right. In the past, left brain analytical thinking has been dominant in the business world. But increasingly as the economy moves toward a knowledge economy, right brain thinking is more valued. His first chapter summarizes the problem as Abundance, Automation and Asia. We are no longer in an economy where we are after the basics to sustain life. So we value creativity and design (abundance). Computers are good at left brain thinking, so automation is increasingly able to do many of the routine or rule based work that was a staple of our work force. Those activities that are more advanced that what computers can do, but still able to be done from afar, are being shipped off to cheaper labor markets like India and China (Asia).
So I think he has diagnose the problem, but he added very little to the analysis that is not already in Tom Friedman’s The World is Flat or a variety of other books.
What he is adding to the genre is trying to teach people how to be more right brained. He believes that people can learn to be more right brained. So much of the book is trying to teach us to do more right brained activities (laugh, tell stories, play, seek after meaning, have empathy, string together disparate ideas).
These things are all fine, but they really didn’t interest me all that much. In general, I am not sure of who the audience of this book is supposed to be. Many right brained thinkers might pick it up to encourage themselves that they are pursuing the right direction. They will like the first chapter but the instruction will probably not interest them. People that value left brain thinking probably won’t pick up the book and probably won’t get much out of the instruction.
I might have liked it more if I had not just read Shop Class as Soul Craft. Matthew Crawford talked about a lot of similar ideas from a very different perspective. Interestingly they both used several of the same illustrations. But Crawford was focused on doing what you find meaningful and enjoyable. Pink seems to be trying to help people re-create themselves and that is a much harder job.
I picked up this book for only $5 on audiobook. So I don’t feel cheated. But I did not get much out of it. If you are going to buy it, it is still on sale for audio and I would recommend that. It is clearly not worth the $13 for the kindle edition.
How it applies to the world around us
Not really a "story", but I enjoyed the viewpoint of what role creative minds are playing in global products and services
Yes, when he disclosed that colleges that recruit creative individuals are harder to get into than ivy league universities.