~ Daniel Pink
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Published 8 days ago by Deanna Hope
very thought provoking
I Liked to read a new approach to everyday work. I loved all the practical advise to improve my skills in the 6areas.
Published 15 days ago by Arturo A. Cubillas
i was forced to buy it for school and it boring im not a mind book reader would not but it
Published 15 days ago by Jacklyn
hopes for the post knowledge era
Pink tells us in a clear language that there`s hope for the western world in the global world in which we live. It is only a matter of acquiering and developing new skills. Read more
Published 22 days ago by hatchala-tova
Had to buy it for MBA class but actually like the book!
it's a good, fast read! A lot of good points and not boring at all, at least in my opinion!
Published 28 days ago by Alina Khayrulina
A fascinating book, enjoyable, clear, engaging and enlighting. You'll enjoy every page, and start looking differently at things and, especially, at the people that surround you.
Published 1 month ago by Fany Finkelman
Interesting, provoking and a bit simplistic
A whole new mind is Dan Pink, from Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us fame, his earlier book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bas Vodde
Easy read & I'm Proud to be Left Handed
Purchased this book for an advanced technology class. It gave me some thought provoking ideas and most importantly it was an easy and quick read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by satisfied customer
The Rise of the Conceptual Age!
As best summarized by the author: "This book describes a seismic--though as yet undetected--shift now under way in much of the advanced world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Omar Halabieh
The book came in a very timely manner, but I was slightly disappointed that there was a very noticeable tear on the cover. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori Garrison
330 of 347 people found the following review helpful
Business As Usual?November 14, 2005
A Whole New Mind $16.47 US, is a 2005 release from Daniel H. Pink that covers creative thinking and other aspects of success. Ostensibly geared toward career pros, this non-fiction title analyzes transitions in society as America migrates from an Information Age to a Conceptual Age economy. The text in Dan's book is not academic -- instead it is more biographical, intuitive, observational, and playful. His book is a real triple threat of content, style, and visual presentation.
Word to the wise -- you are in for a slightly different book here -- right of the bat, the author walks us through the procedure of having his brain scanned as part of a project conducted at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington D.C. This unorthodox introduction (with four photo illustrations) is welcomed by the reader, as it gives the chapter an introspective quality. Pink shares this experience to illustrate normal brain function -- to note a few misconceptions about the way the brain divides work -- and then posits that while most people integrate both left and right brain activity, R-Directed Thinking will increasingly be relied upon in the future, by people that want to succeed in business or life.
Here is the crux of what Pink is trying to relay. America is currently organized around a cadre of accountants, doctors, engineers, executives and lawyers. These "knowledge workers" excel at the ability to acquire and marry facts to data, and these abilities are typically accrued through a series of standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT. (As an aside, Bush's test-happy Department of Education only serves to increase the number of L-Directed Thinkers, providing corporations cheap labor in abundance. Read more ›
798 of 898 people found the following review helpful
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The title of the book is very appropriate. For the age that we are in, we need a whole new mind. However, the book promised a mansion, but ended up giving us an apartment. It begins like a Porsche, but ended like a VW Beetle. The author correctly diagnosed the disease of Abundance, Asia, and Automation, but prescribed the wrong medicine of six right-brain-directed (R-Directed) aptitudes.
To the author's credit, he is the first that succinctly diagnosed the major problems the Western countries are facing: Abundance, Asia, and Automation. Most people, including intellectuals and high government officials are in the coma state of not sensing the lethal effects of offshore outsourcing of high-tech jobs and R&D to the fundamental wellbeing of U.S. and other Western countries, nor the consequence of automating white collar jobs by the ever more powerful computer hardware and software. This is the first book that I know of that sounded the alarm to the great masses of the coming sea change. For this, the author ought to be congratulated.
The author has a vision that we are moving from Information Age to Conceptual Age. He said that if we have a whole new mind, we can have an economy and society that are built on the inventive, empathic and big-picture capabilities. He stresses that the main characters now are the creator and the empathizer. He argues that we need to move from high tech to high concept and high touch. These are all great ideas. However, the strategies that the author prescribed through the six R-Directed aptitudes, which consist most of the book, while adequate to battle Abundance and Automation, is hardly sufficient to overcome Asia. Read more ›
266 of 317 people found the following review helpful
Upbeat, but overly simplistic view of globalization May 11, 2005
Pink is absolutely right: creativity and innovation
will be a boon for post-industrial, post-information
age workers now that countries like China and India
can produce cheaper knowledge workers.
However, the economics of supply and demand will simply
do the same to this new conceptual age worker that
it did to programmers and MBAs.
Once the economy is flooded with talented designers and
creative personnel, the market will correct and wages
will fall. And many creative and brilliant "whole brain"
workers will become yet again another glut of talent.
In the end, the market favors no whole class of worker but
rather the most unique and talented of a class. And this
has always been the case.
53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By Todd Ebert
I came across this book at the local dollar bookstore, where
for one buck, it seems hard to ever go wrong.
The premise of the book is that, to survive in the "conceptual age",
"left-brain" thinking/analysis is not sufficient, and that the most successful
people will be those who better use their right hemispheres. The author cites three
reasons for this shift to the right brain: automation and Asia (left brain rule-based tasks
are now being performed by both computers and cheaper white-collar Asian workers), and
abundance (there is more need than ever for inventors and designers).
Although there are some partial truths to his observations, in general I find this outlook a bit shallow
and myopic in perspective.
For one, the author seems to believe that this pipeline of cheap foreign labor will last forever. But we have to
remember that the US exports both knowledge and culture in enormous quantities (for example, the majority
of students who enroll in my computer-science graduate courses are from other countries;
especially China and India), and
these exports spurn more industry abroad which will have the effect of improving the quality of life abroad;
and hence driving up labor costs in those countries.
Secondly, ALL human intelligence is subject to automation, or at least an attempt to automate.
For example, playing chess requires a combination of mathematical-logical, spatial, and what the author refers to as "symphonic" intelligence. Many chess players think of themselves as artists. And many artists are inspired by
the game of chess. Read more ›