A Whole New Mind

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I never thought of my brain as two working parts (L-directed and R-directed). I always assumed that both sides worked equally together. When I listened to Pink’s interview on the “Soul Series” with Oprah Winfrey it was then that I realized how misinformed I was about how the brain works. As I watched the rest of the interview, a whole new light was shed on a subject that I never thought about. New ideas were presented in a new thinking way and I began to see into the ideas behind Pinks, “A Whole New Mind”. The idea of working together to be efficient involves the right brains logical linear abilities which Pink states, “are the best business strategy.” The phrase that got my attention the most was Pink’s idea that the right brain thinkers have the ability to give people something they didn’t know they were missing! I was hooked because I am a right brain person. Another point I found particularly interesting in Dan Pink’s interview with Oprah were the six senses of right brain age (conceptual age) which Pink states, “ Are necessary for successful professionals to have in the more interdependent world we live in, a world of increased automation and out-sourcing.” The six abilities that are discussed throughout the interview are outlined below. When asked which right brain ability we all should develop, Pink responded with design. He goes on to describe why he thinks we should all develop this ability. Design is the ability to create something that has significance as well as usefulness. He says, “in order to create more design into our lives is to become aware of what design is.” I think design is something you spread on the surface; it’s like icing on a cake and everything has a design decision. Pink states that, “Design is utility enhanced by significance.” The second ability is story. Story is how we see the world. An ability to use real stories in sales and conversations. In my opinion, the most interesting teachers don’t just go through...
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