10 March 2009

A Whole New Mind

“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands.” - A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

"This starts and sets the tone for the thought-provoking best-seller A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. In an easy-to-read way, Dan outlines the changes that are underway, as well as how to develop ourselves in order to thrive in this new era.

Half-a-Mind Is Not Enough

A Whole New Mind is based extensively on the classic left/right brain metaphor — and I must say it’s a very useful one in making the point of the book.

In the last few decades, most of the thriving professionals were those who excelled in “left-brain thinking” — information processing, sequential thinking, analysis, logic, organization, numeric ability and attention to detail.

Lately, however, information is getting easier and easier to acquire. Knowledge that was once locked behind hard-to-earn degrees is becoming widely and cheaply available. In this new world, a great deal of the information processing we performed can now be cheaply automated or assigned to high-qualified professionals overseas — for a fraction of the cost.

Although “left brain skills” continue to be useful, they’re not enough anymore. The rules of the game are changing."

By Luciano Passuello

From Denny: Well, I guess the right-brained ones finally win! Yay! When I was a kid I was called stupid because I liked to take disparate elements be they people or situations or objects and synthesize them into a new meaning. These days folks like me are being hailed as brilliant! Gee, maybe the world finally caught up to the minority? This isn't rocket science, folks. It's fun doing right-brained things!

This is especially good news for those of us who like to write poetry as we feel things deeply. Now maybe there will be more people who enjoy writing poetry and can finally appreciate what other people write as well. When more people start practising right-brain development a whole new world will open up for them - and those of us who have been waiting for them "on the other side."

Photo by Hammer51012 @ flickr

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