A Whole New Mind Summary

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1. 1-Sentence-Summary:

1.1. A Whole New Mind is your guide to standing out in the competitive workplace by taking advantage of the big-picture skills of the right side of your brain.

2. Favorite quote from the author:

2.1. "Asking 'Why? can lead to understanding. Asking 'Why not?' can lead to breakthroughs." - Daniel H. Pink

3. 3 lessons:

3.1. Right-brain thinking is great for the Conceptual Age that we are moving into now.

3.1.1. Our ability to relate to and connect with others is a pretty big deal.

3.1.1.1. “The money is in the network” as they say, but without people skills you’ve got no network.

3.1.2. It’s Right-Directed Thinking that gives us the ability to associate with others well.

3.1.3. We must develop these skills as we move from the Information Age into the Conceptual if we want to excel.

3.1.4. Our brain’s right hemisphere helps us use the following powers:

3.1.4.1. Design

3.1.4.2. Story

3.1.4.3. Symphony

3.1.4.4. Empathy

3.1.4.5. Play

3.1.4.6. Meaning

3.1.5. These skills are so vital also because it’s easy for companies to outsource left-brain activities to other, cheaper countries.

3.2. Giving facts isn’t enough to convince people to follow you anymore, storytelling is the way to go now.

3.2.1. For a few years now it’s been easy to stand out by knowing interesting facts.

3.2.1.1. But moving into the Conceptual Age, it’s easy for anyone to find these anywhere on the Internet.

3.2.2. It requires storytelling to convince others to listen to you, which is a skill of the right side of your brain.

3.2.3. Already there are many fields where this is crucial for success.

3.2.3.1. Advertising and consulting are more about selling a why than just talking about your product.

3.2.3.2. Medical schools also are trying to help doctors empathize with their patients stories by offering humanities courses.

3.2.4. In general, many companies are switching to storytelling as a way to stand out in overcrowded markets.

3.2.4.1. This works well because people think of their lives as stories and can identify better with companies who do also.

3.3. You need to practice your emotional skills such as empathy if you don’t want to become obsolete in the wake of AI.

3.3.1. We’re all worried about our jobs being taken over by machines, and for good reason.

3.3.1.1. But there is hope in the one difference between us and computers, and that’s emotion.

3.3.1.2. Computers can’t replicate this important feature of people that is a component of our right hemisphere.

3.3.2. An example:

3.3.3. Another example:

3.3.4. No matter what profession you’re in, people skills are a must.

3.3.5. Teach yourself some empathy.

3.3.5.1. All it takes is learning a few basic emotional skills to connect with people and you’ll set yourself apart in no time.

4. Who would I recommend the A Whole New Mind summary to?

4.1. The 47-year-old engineer who has a difficult time seeing the forest through the trees, the 22-year-old college student that’s looking for information on how the workplace has changed in the last few years, and anyone who wants to understand their brain better.