Described by reviewers as "an audacious and powerful work," "a profound read," "right on the money," and "a miracle," the book reveals the six abilities individuals must master in an outsourced and automated world. Several publications named A Whole New Mind one of the best business books... read more
The author talks about the necessity for a "whole new mind". What he means is the synthesis of the left side of the brain as well as the right brain. Author has put in great efforts to simplify and actually make such an arcane topic very very interesting. For instance, he points out that right... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The author talks about the necessity for a "whole new mind". What he means is the synthesis of the left side of the brain as well as the right brain. Author has put in great efforts to simplify and actually make such an arcane topic very very interesting. For instance, he points out that right side of the brain controls emotions, pattern recognition, big picture etc... and the left side is logical. So it is no wonder that languages that is written from left to right place a lot of emphasis on logic, structure, rules etc...
The author very convincingly argues that most of the technology related work gets outsourced, or is better done by a machine than a human being. He talks about the progress from Agricultural age to Industrial age (factory workers) to Information age (knowledge workers) to Conceptual age (creators and empathisers). He stresses beautifully that as more work gets automated or outsourced, the need is to develop skill sets in design, creativity and right brain stuff like that which a computer cannot do.
The author provides a lot of links to test various stuff like emotional intelligence, right brain left brain activity etc... very interesting. To top all that he gives beautiful references of important books which can be used for more indepth study.
This is one of the best books that I have read. And it is a book that everyone should own.
“Left-brain-style thinking used to be the driver and right-brain-style thinking the passenger.”
“I have known strong minds, with imposing, undoubting, Cobbett-like manners; but I have never met a great mind of this sort. The truth is, a great mind must be androgynous.”
“This new age fairly glitters with opportunity, but it is as unkind to the slow of foot as it is to the rigid of mind.”
“Since empathy depends on emotion and since emotion is conveyed nonverbally, to enter another's heart, you must begin the journey by looking into his face.”
“What was good for General Motors is good for America.”Charles Wilson- former US Defense Secretary & a GM Executive.
high concept involves the ability to create artistic and emotional beauty, to detect patterns and opportunities, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into a novel invention. High touch involves the ability to empathize, to understand the subtleties of human interaction, to find joy in one’s self and to elicit it in others, and to stretch beyond the quotidian, in pursuit of purpose and meaning.)1Highlighted by 286 Kindle customers
When facts become so widely available and instantly accessible, each one becomes less valuable. What begins to matter more is the ability to place these facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact.Highlighted by 282 Kindle customers
High concept involves the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new. High touch involves the ability to empathize with others, to understand the subtleties of human interaction, to find joy in one’s self and to elicit it in others, and to stretch beyond the quotidian in pursuit of purpose and meaning.Highlighted by 273 Kindle customers
They’ll need to do what workers abroad cannot do equally well for much less money—using R-Directed abilities such as forging relationships rather than executing transactions, tackling novel challenges instead of solving routine problems, and synthesizing the big picture rather than analyzing a single component.Highlighted by 220 Kindle customers
Mastery of design, empathy, play, and other seemingly “soft” aptitudes is now the main way for individuals and firms to stand out in a crowded marketplace.Highlighted by 202 Kindle customers
1. Can someone overseas do it cheaper? 2. Can a computer do it faster? 3. Is what I’m offering in demand in an age of abundance?Highlighted by 192 Kindle customers
“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.”Highlighted by 182 Kindle customers
“The United States spends more on trash bags than ninety other countries spend on everything. In other words, the receptacles of our waste cost more than all of the goods consumed by nearly half of the world’s nations.”6Highlighted by 174 Kindle customers
We are moving from an economy and a society built on the logical, linear, computerlike capabilities of the Information Age to an economy and a society built on the inventive, empathic, big-picture capabilities of what’s rising in its place, the Conceptual Age.Highlighted by 173 Kindle customers
Among the things that contribute to happiness, according to Seligman, are engaging in satisfying work, avoiding negative events and emotions, being married, and having a rich social network. Also important are gratitude, forgiveness, and optimism. (What doesn’t seem to matter much at all, according to the research, are making more money, getting lots of education, or living in a pleasant climate.)Highlighted by 169 Kindle customers
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