Hopeful Words from Daniel Pink
Yesterday afternoon I attended a lecture in Holland by Daniel Pink, the author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future (Riverhead Books, 2006). Pink argues that the days of "left-brained" lawyers, accountants and software engineers are over in the Western World, and that we are now entering the "right-brained" age of designers, inventors, teachers and storytellers. The talk was sponsored by the Holland Area Arts Council (right-brainers funded by left- brainers) and the Harbor Lights Middle School auditorium was full of an interesting mix of English teachers, artists, and earnest young engineers.
The economic future looks hopeful for poets. Here's what Pink writes about us:
More and more employers are looking for people who possess this aptitude [the ability to "understand the relationships between relationships"]. Sidney Harman is one of them. The eightysomething multimillionaire CEO of a stereo components company says he doesn't find it all that valuable to hire MBAs. Instead,
I say "Get some poets as managers." Poets are our original systems thinkers. They contemplate the world in which we live and feel obliged to interpret and give expression to it in a way that makes the reader understand how that world turns. Poets, those unheralded sytems thinkers, are our true digital thinkers. It is from their midst that I believe we will draw tomorrow's new business leaders.