"Some people seem more comfortable with logical, sequential, computer-like reasoning. They tend to become lawyers, accountants and engineers. Others are more comfortable with holistic, intuitive and non-linear reasoning. They tend to become inventors, entertainers and counselors.

Call the first approach L-directed thinking. It's a form of thinking and an attitude to life that's characteristic of the left hemisphere of the brain: sequential, literal, functional, textual and analytic. Ascendant in the Information Age, exemplified by computer programmers, prized by hardheaded organizations and emphasized in schools, this approach is directed by left-brain attributes toward left-brain results.


Call the other approach R-directed thinking. It's a form of thinking and an attitude to life that's characteristic of the right hemisphere of the brain: simultaneous, metaphorical, aesthetic, contextual and synthetic. Underemphasized in the Information Age, exemplified by creators and caregivers, shortchanged by organizations and neglected in schools, the approach is directed by right-brain attributes toward right-brain results.


Our culture tends to prize L-directed thinking more highly than its counterpart, taking it more seriously and viewing the alternative as useful but secondary. But this is changing - and it will dramatically reshape our lives. L-directed aptitudes - the sorts of things measured by school exams and deployed by accountants - are still necessary, but they're no longer sufficient. Instead, the R-directed aptitudes that were too often disdained and dismissed - artistry, empathy, taking the long view, pursuing the transcendent - will increasingly determine who soars and who stumbles."




Source: Dan Pink, author of A Whole New Mind. Pink says we’ve spent too long thinking we are Left brain or Right brain people and that there are six steps to reconciling the two so that you can manage and lead in the ‘conceptual economy’.



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