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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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    Michael Prevost, QC, Canada 03-05-13
    Michael Prevost, QC, Canada 03-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Here is something about myself.

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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.

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    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-13
    bibi sterling San Diego, CA, United States 02-01-13
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    "Just not that into you"

    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.

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    K. Hemstreet 11-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    What did you take away from A Whole New Mind that you can apply to your work?

    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.


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    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 10-09-12
    Mercedes Quilmes, Argentina 10-09-12 Member Since 2014

    Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!

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    "Good ideas but too lightly developed..."

    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.

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting, not sure I agree with his conclusions"

    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.

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    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-08-12
    Kindle Customer Walpole, MA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.

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    "A Smart Mix of Science & Sociology"
    What made the experience of listening to A Whole New Mind the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Whole New Mind to and why?

    If you like Malcolm Gladwell's books, I think this is comparable.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel H. Pink – was your favorite?

    N/A as this is non-fiction


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Adam Shields 08-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "Not nearly as good as Drive"

    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.

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    Marti Wichita, KS, United States 05-29-12
    Marti Wichita, KS, United States 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Strongly recommended"
    What made the experience of listening to A Whole New Mind the most enjoyable?

    How it applies to the world around us


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not really a "story", but I enjoyed the viewpoint of what role creative minds are playing in global products and services


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when he disclosed that colleges that recruit creative individuals are harder to get into than ivy league universities.


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    colorado 05-29-12
    colorado 05-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to A Whole New Mind the most enjoyable?

    How it applies to the world around us


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not really a "story", but I enjoyed the viewpoint of what role creative minds are playing in global products and services


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when he disclosed that colleges that recruit creative individuals are harder to get into than ivy league universities.


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    Maugna Chicago, Il 05-21-12
    Maugna Chicago, Il 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Informative, thought provoking, steps to start."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Whole New Mind to be better than the print version?

    Audible works for me. I listen while working in my garden.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Whole New Mind?

    Why learned base knowledge tasks, and one answer tasks are being outsourced or done by the computer.


    What does Daniel H. Pink bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great story teller.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of his suggestions of things to do to access more of your right brain.


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