Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Chapter Two - Abundance, Asia, and Automation

L-Directed thinking is no longer enough? R-Directed thinking will determine who gets ahead? Is this just wishful thinking, or did Pink offer compelling evidence?

From chapter two, "Abundance, Asia, and Automation," Pink offers what I believe is the thesis of his book. He presents a cause and effect on page 30.

"The effect: the diminished relative importance of L-Directed Thinking and corresponding increased importance of R-Directed Thinking. The causes: Abundance, Asia, and Automation."

- What are you thoughts on abundance?
- What conversations have you had with family members or friends, prompted by the facts presented by Pink? (I couldn't believe that Americans spend more on garbage bags than some countries spend on everything!)

- Did the section on Asia remind you of Freidman's book, The World is Flat?
- Does this section scare only "L-Directed white-collar workers," or everyone?
- Should we be frightened by this, or look forward to new challenges? (How many parents of college-age kids have shared these facts with their children - especially those still choosing their major?)

- How is automation affecting you and your work?
- How about the work of a friend or family member?
- What did you think of Pink's storytelling in this section?
- Does his presentation of John Henry, and the story of Garry Kasparov help you relate to the emotion of these
effects? (What are today's "teachers?" With whom, or what, do we educators compete?)

Post a comment (or two or three) and watch for others' comments. Comment on their comments!

I'll echo Glenn's recent posting and encourage you to spend time checking out the links to the right. Take time to read Pink's blog. He's got a lot to offer!


Blogger MabelandHarry said...

Can I say I love this blog especially the mind map that is a great recap. My concern - being a r brained person!- is the world is still dominated by l brained people who constantly block our initiatives..or delay us for so long the idea becomes old. How do right brained people get their point across to the l brained people who are running the show ? Any ideas that don't lose the whole point of emotion?

8:16 AM

Blogger Brenda Starr said...

As I prepared to sit down to read chapter two, I dimmed the lights and lit half a dozen candles. I guess that alone validates what Pink has to say about abundance and the aesthetic imperative.

I feel curious and a bit uneasy when I think about the career paths my 13 and 16 year old daughters will soon choose. What choices will they have? Will the strengths and talents of each individual bubble to the surface in an R-directed workplace?

8:50 PM

Blogger Cowgirl_Will said...

I'd just like to say that "I've made some mistakes. But at least I snagged one of those Michael Graves toilet brushes back in 2004." I do have that toilet brush. And I'm sure I bought it because it was somewhat less hideous-looking than it's cousins on the shelf. The power of aesthetics certainly isn't lost on me.

My brother-in-law is a machinist. He is a talented artisan in his craft. He recently finished an IT degree. He has been seeking employment in the IT field for a year without success, while continuing his work in the machine shop.
IT folks are a dime a dozen. Machinists? Try finding one, let alone one who has the skill, vision, and aesthetic eye to fabricate a sleek, functional piece of machinery from raw metal.

10:31 AM


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