I have a confession:
Among the mix of hardcore business books, and Harvard Business Review Podcasts I so ravenously devour, I sometimes pick up a podcast from Oprah (stop laughing please). I feel she’s a thought leader in spirituality and becoming ones true self. Since I’m all about self actualization, and self improvement – you can see the tie-in.
Last night I listed to her podcast when she interviewed Daniel Pink, author of a book called A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Apparently Oprah liked the book so much, she decided to share this book with the entire graduating class at Stanford this Spring when giving their commencement address. I haven’t read the book yet, but I felt like I needed to offer a post for
1. I’m certainly going to read it (or listen to the audio book)
2. It seems to be the perfect marriage of spirituality or self actualization and business converging. Nice.
Some key elements:
The new world we’re living in is being taken over by right brained individuals. Over the past few decades the world has been run by a certain type of person (mostly left brained) Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants. Pink uses words to describe these people like have the ability of “symphony” – aggregating disparate ideas and being able to articulate them in a manner that’s comprehensible to lay-men. He also mentions the ability to tell stories that evoke emotion, play, and experience empathy. Right brained, right brained, right brained. You get the idea.
He argues that while logical and linear brained thinking is great, and effective, it’s not enough. The world is coming around to the right brain. Pink comes to this conclusion by evaluating the facts (he’s a self assessed left brainer himself).
Years ago we were in the agricultural age, then industrial, information, and now conceptual. Left brain activity is activity that can be replicated by computers (anyone can look up the capital of Yemen on Google). Right brained activity cannot (at least not yet).
The paradox of prosperity contributes to this phenomenon as well. The more prosperous we are, the more laborious things are automated, and the more time we have to sit around and ponder – why am I here? (cool, right?). So as the world becomes more prosperous (baby boomers in particular), the more evolved the world is becoming. Right brained people are no longer being viewed as new-agey individuals because the efficacy of spirituality/meditation etc is being measured by science.
I’ll talk more about the book after I’ve read it of course, but I felt it was worth sharing. Let me know what you think?
Right brainer’s UNITE! Here’s a link: A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future