much more than gardner's book (see last post) i judge pink's 'a whole new mind' ground-breaking:
"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."
and this will be the age of our right brain! the left brain is so information age.
"to survive in this age, individuals and organizations must examine what they're doing to earn a living and ask themselves three questions:
1) can someone overseas do it cheaper?
2) can a computer do it faster?
3) is what i am offering in demand in an age of abundance?
if your answer to question 1 or 2 is yes, or if your answer to question 3 is no, you're in deep trouble."
the problem is, that we do know the answers for ourselves, and at the same time we are convinced, that we ourselves cannot change (our fate), at least we do not know how, we cannot imagine, what the solution might be.
fortunately, daniel describes how to succeed in this conceptual age by introducing the six senses (as he calls them):
- play, and
out of those six senses i would like to introduce 'symphony' and 'empathy' here:
symphony: "symphony is the ability to put together the pieces. it is the capacity to synthesize rather than to analyze; to see relationships between seemingly unrelated fields; to detect broad patterns rather than to give specific answers; and to invent something new by combining the elements nobody else thought to pair."
he is seconded by daniel goleman (author of 'emotional intelligence') whom he cites from a study of executives in 15 large organizations: "just one cognitive ability distinguished star performancers from average: pattern recognition, the 'big picture' thinking that allows leaders to pick out the meaningful trends from a welter of information around them and to think strategically far into the future."
symphony seems to be the most difficult one to achieve in a society or corporation, where everything is build on analysis, detail, figures, linearity, and computability.
for most members of society or corporations this will almost look like a paradigm shift - and it will be! daniel is looking for a whole new mind to succeed in the times to come.
empathy: "empathy is the ability to imagine yourself in someone else's position and to intuit what that person is feeling. it is the ability to stand in other's shoe, to see with their eyes, and to feel with their hearts."
as a leader you desperately need the six senses. more than anybody else. or, in other words, without those six senses you will be no leader at all!
"individuals and organizations that focus their efforts on doing what foreign knowledge workers can't do cheaper and computers can't do faster, as well as on meeting the aesthetic, emotional, and spiritual demands of a prosperous time, will thrive."
start using your right brain, use your intuition, feel what is happening, inhale what will deliver growth and success in the future. for yourself, and your company!