A Whole New Mind

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I learnt about the book from Edward Popoola, and searched for a copy at a number of airports for a while. When airports and the best of bookstores couldn’t help, I went to the place I should have visited first — the web. Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age is a must-read for anyone who would like understand why some people appear to be lucky while others keep adding skills to their resumes, but never really find the meeting point between career and fulfilment. Tom Peters had this to say about the book:

This book is a miracle. On the one hand, it provides a completely original and profound analysis of the most pressing personal and economic issue of the days ahead — how the gargantuan changes brought by technology and globalisation are going to impact the way we live and work and imagine our world. Then Dan Pink provides an equally original and profound and practical guidebook for survival — and joy — in this topsy-turvy environment. I was moved and disturbed and exhilarated all at once. Few years ago, Peter Drucker wondered whether the modern economy will ever find its Copernicus. With this remarkable book, we just may have discovered our Copernicus for the brave new
age that’s accelerating into being.

I finished reading the book less than 72 hours ago, but can’t say enough about the way the book helped me identify silent aptitudes I’d built over time — and that will be extremely relevant in the days to come. For those of us who have been searching for personal and career development — and of course, fulfilment — this book will help you connect with the soft skills that you’ve had no name for, but have propelled you ahead of the pack. Daniel Pink spent time arguing about the place of R-Directed thinking (using the right brain, which deals a lot more in wholesome perception that the left brain’s logical approach), and he went ahead to describe how Asia, Automation and Abundance have combined forces to move the world from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. The book is actually about getting ready for the days ahead, and it speaks in details (with supporting materials) on Design, Play, Empathy, Design, Story and Symphony.

My major concern for young people in developing economies is that while many of us are still considering how to compete within the Information Age, here’s someone coming to announce the arrival of a new day. If you run with men and get tired, what will happen to you when you contend with horses? While reading the book is not the measure of wisdom, it would do a lot of good if you lay your hands on a copy — or discuss the contents with someone who’s read the book! And from A Whole New Mind, I move on to The Google Story, which is proving more interesting that I imagined. Its 2:44am on a day that I’ll have to be at the NTA (TV station) Studios by 9am (following a quick stop-over at the Lagos Digital Village), but you can be sure that every moment spent with this book is worth it. A peep into the “biggest business, media and technology success of our time” indeed! When I read the first few pages, I tried something funny — searched for “Google” in a Google search window 🙂 And the first result was of course the most recent issue at Google — the Chinese agreement, towards setting up local servers in China and allowing google.cn to fly. Google is in the news a lot these days, and it will be interesting to watch how things unfold for the “biggest business, media and technology success of our time” — until the next innocle (an enterprise or effort that lies somewhere between innovation and miracle) is revealed.

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