This is one of those books that, as I read it, I kept quietly saying to myself, “yes!”
At times, I felt like Pink had been inside my mind when recounting certain anecdotes, or drawing certain conclusions. So, take this review with a solid dose of confirmation bias in action.
Throughout A Whole New Mind, Dan Pink looks at, and addresses, issues of interest, dare I say passion, for creative thinkers and knowledge workers the world over. Sure, for those folks, it’s pop psych, pop sci, self-affirming stuff. But for the creative knowledge worker — those of us who rely on our minds as our most powerful tool and source of inspiration — Pink has drawn together many of the burning issues and biggest (even wicked) problems and dealt with them. He offers us as a community a number of ways to deal with our often complex and frequently misunderstood work styles, personalities and obsessions.
A Whole New Mind isn’t a cornucopia. It leaves more questions unanswered, and matters glossed over (this isn’t a negative, by the way), than it adequately deals with. But as people who work with our minds, we should deal with that, right?
If knowledge work, solving problems and uncomfortably wedging yourself into corporate life is your lot, it’s definitely worth your time and effort to read this.