A whole new mind

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A whole new mind

wholenewmindMoving from the information age to the conceptual age (2005)
By Daniel H.Pink

In this book, Pink reveals that knowledge workers such as lawyers, accountants and software engineers can be easily replaced by outsourcing to workers of cheaper labour such as India. If they are not replaced by such skilled, cheaper labour, then these jobs can still be replaced by information technology.

A Whole New Mind reveals the six essential aptitudes on which
professional success and personal fulfillment now depend, and includes a series of hands-on exercises culled from experts around the world to help readers sharpen the necessary abilities.

1. Design
Design is a high-concept aptitute that is difficult to ousource or automate – and that increasingly confers a competitive advantage in business.

Example there is a growing body of evidence that shows that improving the design of medical settings helps patients get better faster. In a study at Pittsburgh’s Montefiore Hospital, surgery patients in rooms with ample natural light required less pain medication and their drug costs were 21% lower than their counterparts in traditional rooms.

 

2. Story

Story represents a pathway to understanding that doesn’t run through the left side of the brain. We can see this yearning for self-knowledge through stories in many places- popular “scrapbooking” movement. If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.

 

3. Symphony

Like drawing, symphony is largely about relationships. People who hope to thrive in the conceptual age must understand the connections between diverse, and seemingly separate, disciplines. They must know how to link apparently unconnected elements to create something new. And they must become adept at analogy – at seeing one thing in terms of another. There are ample opportunities, in other words for 3 types of people :

A) Boundary crosser – multitasking. They develop expertise in multiple spheres, they speak different languages, and they find joy in the rich variety of human experience. They live multi-lives which are more interesting and effective.

B) Inventor – thinking unconventional thoughts. Convention is the enemy of progress. As long as you have got slightly more perception than the average wrapped loaf, you could invent something.

c) Metaphor maker – understanding one thing in terms of something else. Everything you create is a representation of something else; in this sense, everything you create is enriched by metaphor.

 

4. Empathy

This is the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s position and to intuit what that person is feeling.

 

5. Play

The opposite of play isn’t work. It’s depression. To play is to act out and be wilful, exultant and committed as if one is assured of one’s prospects. A playfully light attitude is characteristic of creative individuals. According to research, the most effective executives deployed humor twice as often as middle of the pack managers. Playing video games enhanced individuals’ ability to detect changes in the environment and their capacity to process information simultaneously.

 

6. Meaning

You’re not going to find the meaning of life hidden under a rock written by someone else. You’ll only find it by giving meaning to life from inside yourself.

A labyrinth is a spiral walking course. When you enter, your goal is to follow the path to the center, stop, turn around and walk back out – all at whatever pace you choose.  Labyrinths are a form of moving meditation, centering and free the right brain.

There are many labyrinths in the United States today In an age when many Americans are looking beyond the church pulpit for spiritual experience and solace, a growing number have rediscovered the labyrinth as a path to prayer, introspection and emotional healing. When people walk into a labyrinth, they “shift consciousness from the linear to non-linear” and bring to the surface “the deep, intuitive, pattern part of ourselves.”

About 40 hospitals and medical centers now have labyrinth for reasons that empathy and narrative have begun infiltrating the medical world. There’s a growing recognition that the analytical approach to healing, while absolutely necessary, is not always sufficient

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