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Started by Rob Culp. Last reply by Mark Pond Nov 17, 2011.
Started by Mark Pond. Last reply by Mark Pond Aug 9, 2011.
Started by Rob Culp. Last reply by Mark Pond Jul 13, 2011.
You bet, Rob! As for your reading time being edged out, I feel your pain... Every winter I think "hey, it's going to be dark 90% of the time so I'm just going to sit inside and read all winter." Some part of my calculation must be off because it never, ever happens.
Thanks for the recommendation Mark. Drive has come up multiple times recently, which means it's probably time to pick it up. Unfortunately, with the busyness of the holiday season, my reading time is slowly being edged out.
Susan, thanks for the recommendations. Cecil Andrus is a name I recall. It is always fun when those we know become authors, especially if they have a talent. John Kennedy is always a great topic. I haven't read Chris Matthews yet so this sounds like a great place to start. Thanks.
I recently read two books I want to recommend to those interested in history and politics. First, I read the regional book "Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor," by my friend and former colleague, Chris Carlson. Chris founded Gallatin Public Affairs and has retired to Idaho with his lovely wife, Marcia, and if his first book is any indication, he has found a successful new career as an author. Cecil Andrus is the four-time governor and former U.S. Interior Secretary for whom Chris worked, and the insights and memories shared are brilliant. Great lessons on leadership in this one. Well written and well worth your reading if you enjoy the genre. Second, I just finished Chris Matthews' new book about John Kennedy. I learned several things about Kennedy that I did not know before, but i really enjoyed Matthews' style and wit. You won't regret reading it.
Thanks for adding the video, Mark! LOVE his visuals! And appreciate your take away comment.
Matt, have you read the book by Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind? The subtitle is Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. I just started it. What caught my eye, or dominant hemisphere, was the back cover:
Lawyers. Accountants. Software engineers. That's what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of the "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind; designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers--creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't. Drawing on research from around the advanced world, Daniel Pink outlines the six fundamentally human abilities that are essential for professional success and personal fulfillment--and reveals how to master them. From a laughter club in Bombay, to an inner-city high school devoted to design, to a lesson on how to detect an insincere smile, A Whole New Mind takes readers to a daring new place, and offers a provocative and urgent new way of thinking about a future that has already arrived.
So far it is very interesting and is recapping some similar information that you mentioned in book by McGilchrist. Very interesting stuff. If you get this or have read it, or anyone else in the community for that matter, I would be interested in your reflections. No matter which side of the brain line you are on.
You may want to check out my Launchpad Blog where I interviewed Susie Weller. She has a lot to say about the brain and thinking styles and how it affects our children. I love the left brain/right brain information. I used to facilitate workshops between men and women back in the men's movement days of Robert Bly and Sam Keen and of course our own local Michael Gurian.
Amen, Rob. If you do a search on YouTube for RSA Animate you can find a whole slew of videos in this same vein. Fascinating stuff. One of my other favorites is an animation of the concepts behind Dan Pink's Drive, the science behind what motivates people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc
I love how much the video made me want to go read the book. It's great to see books effectively leveraging other mediums to attract more readers. So often book trailers fall flat, sometimes to an embarrassing extent. This one is definitely added to my list though.
Thanks for the tip, Matt. I'll have to track down this title and take a look at it. Or at least that's what my left brain tells me I should do...
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