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 memory capacity. And it's right-brain thinking that created that design. That may be true -- buyers hardly think about the speed or capacity of an Apple product. However, this isn't proof that right-brainers will rule the future. Apple products did not succeed on design alone. Apple products rank high in reliability. And the miniaturization of Apple products (e.g., nano iPod) is left-brain thinking at its extreme. The book would have been better if it talked about a balanced approach -- focus just as much on right-brain thinking as left-brain thinking. It was good in that it provided insights on the value of right-brain thinking. Rather than discounting it as "artsy" stuff, we actually see how much of a role design plays in our lives.
a mastre piece in suggesting that what skills one will need to be successful in the future, and why right brain skill sets are critical for any job in the future, must read for any one.
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!
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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.