In author Daniel Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind, he discusses a compelling theory that our society is entering a Conceptual Era as a progression from the Information Age, and previously the Industrial and Agricultural Ages. Specialized knowledge work can quickly become routinized, outsourced or automated — but creativity can’t be — so how can we stay competitive in the workplace, improve our lives, and the world by developing more creative, artistic, and empathetic abilities?
how can we stay competitive in the workplace, improve our lives, and the world by developing more creative, artistic, and empathetic abilities?
Throughout the Industrial and Information Age, humans required left-directed thinking that focused on logic, sequence, literalness, and analysis, propelling society to celebrate the left hemisphere of the brain responsible for grasping details.
With today’s world of abundance with too many options to choose from, products and human abilities that appeal to functional needs are insufficient. Right-brained skills such as emotional expression, innovation, and big-picture thinking will become far more crucial to succeed in the years ahead.
Daniel Pink has identified 6 high-concept and high-touch abilities associated with the right-brain that he believes anyone can develop
Create something that has significance as well as usefulness. Look past functions to design something new, unexpected, beautiful, and emotionally engaging.
It’s in our human nature to process the world through stories. We can find facts with a quick google search but the ability to put facts into context and deliver them with emotional impact is what matters most in today’s society. Build a connection by creating a compelling vision with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Try to view the world in a more holistic way. Look at the big picture, connect the dots, combine seemingly separate pieces to create something new.
In addition to logic, it’s important to care for others and understand what they need in order to forge real relationships. Try standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
Wellness is essential in success and longevity. There is strong evidence that laughter, lightheartedness, games, and humor play an important role in physiological and psychological health benefits
We all want to feel as if our lives have been significant and purposeful. In our world now, the accumulation of things isn’t enough. We need meaning in our professional and personal lives to pursue more significant desires such as purpose and spiritual fulfillment.
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