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A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future | [Daniel H. Pink]

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

Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.
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Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That's what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

Drawing on research from around the advanced world, Daniel Pink outlines six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfillment - and reveals how to master them.

From a laughter club in Bombay to an inner-city high school devoted to design, to a lesson on how to detect an insincere smile, A Whole New Mind takes listeners to a daring new place, and offers a provocative and urgent new way of thinking about a future that has already arrived.

©2005 Daniel H. Pink; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Thought-provoking moments abound." (Publishers Weekly)
"This book is a miracle. Completely original and profound." (Tom Peters)
"For soon-to-be liberal arts graduates, it makes an encouraging graduation gift." (Newsweek)
"This is one author who knows how to narrate. Pink has excellent pacing, diction, and tone." (AudioFile)

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    Sulaiman Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-30-11
    Sulaiman Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 01-30-11
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    "Explains a lot"

    I always thought I had a problem, I got to Med school and always had good grades but ,still, I thought I was different from many others in means of thinking, reacting and understanding the whole world. I saw Oprah's review of the book and I loved the way she presented it. The book explains how to integrate the small pieces of your world into a whole big picture in an amazing way. To those with bad reviews about the book maby you aren't right brainers like me and thats why you don't get the "whole" picture of this book.

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    Phillip Moorabbin, Australia 01-18-11
    Phillip Moorabbin, Australia 01-18-11 Listener Since 2008
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    "Happiness is being holistic and thankful."

    Contains a lot of information about the importance of art, holistic thinking, and spirituality in a world of material abundance. Deals with the issue of left brain aptitudes being farmed off to offshore labor, computer automation.

    Finally, points out the importance of discovering meaning in what we do, and having purpose.

    A good listen with lots of references to web site and further books.

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    Amy Deland, FL, United States 01-05-11
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    "what's on your mind?"

    amazing book; listened to it multiple times and have used ideas while teaching in the college classroom; if only D. Pink could come up with a formula to make more people into change agents, but I am trying, one class of students at a time.

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    btelles 11-24-10
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    "Not worth the read."

    The author clearly has little knowledge of research in cognitive-neuroscience, and I am disheartened at the nearly complete lack of empirical evidence presented to support his points of view. Yes, he sites some studies, but only on periphery topics, that don't support the meat of his arguments.

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    Amazon Customer Utah 09-04-10
    Amazon Customer Utah 09-04-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Hooray for right brainers!"

    I am a music teacher in the public schools, so I have felt the prejudice against right brains for many years. I have always stressed with my students how important it is to be able to use the WHOLE BRAIN. (Isn't that a no brainer???) Now I have more ammunition to back up what I have always known.

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    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10
    kimberly claremont, CA, United States 06-13-10 Member Since 2006
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    "really gets you thinking"

    Times they are a changin' and this book will help you make the shift. Excellent information.

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    Marian Hanganu Ploiesti, Romania 05-24-10
    Marian Hanganu Ploiesti, Romania 05-24-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Interesting, engaging"

    It's a new World, one that you cannot and should not approach with the mindset of the 20th Century.
    New time, new thinking. This is the ideea of the book and is briliantly expressed by the authors. It is an enterteining story that openminded folks will enjoy.

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    Kevin JohannesburgSouth Africa 04-27-10
    Kevin JohannesburgSouth Africa 04-27-10
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    "Brilliant insightful insights!"

    Daniel has created a collection of stories and research that is both fascinating and entertaining. The book not only informs but gives suggestions and websites on how to take the knowledge forward. Daniel builds the case, gets our buy-in, and then shows us the way. Well narrated and thought out.

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    Henry menlo Park, CA, United States 03-22-10
    Henry menlo Park, CA, United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent...."

    I like most of the books from D. Pink. It is very informative and tackles problems we face today and tomorrow...

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    Michael forney, TX, USA 03-14-10
    Michael forney, TX, USA 03-14-10
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    "Very Good Book"

    When I found out this book was written by Algore's, I mean Al Gore's, sorry, speech writer, I was apprehensive about listening to it and believing anything he said could be true..(global whaat?) but I'm glad I gave it a try. It made so much sense and I really enjoyed the whole thing so much that I also bought his other book, "Drive". The only problem I have with the premise is that we have over 350 million people in the U.S. and we all can't be artsy fartsy, there just isn't enough of those types of jobs. If we keep outsourcing all our "L" thinking jobs, the people left without jobs will not be able to buy the services of the people who were able to make the transition to "R" thinking jobs. The abundance he speaks of will go away because you need cash to be choosy about who designed you toilet bowl brush, if you are worried about what you're going to eat because all the jobs went to India, you'll make do or do without.

    That is what I am worried about, I would love to move over to a "R" thinking job because i feel out of place in my current "L" thinking job but I'm worried about the future of the country if all the traditional jobs that made the wealth the to begin with goes away. I see it everyday in my work in telecom, I hardly ever work with Americans anymore and the level of service has really gone down....

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    "DEFINITELY A RIGHT GOOD READ!"

    This book may have some flaws, but it is a useful read to get us left brainers out of our complacent and confident ruts...it introduces us to the rest of the world which is well worth exploring. They say we never stop learning, well this book helps give us a bit of a nudge. I for am one am grateful!

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