I promised to share some of the collection of tools, exercises and further reading materials which Dan Pink provided in his book A Whole New Mind to send us on our way to developing each of the six essential aptitudes — what he calls the six senses on which professional and personal satisfaction increasingly will depend. One of the six senses is Design and Pink outlined a number of tools, exercises and reading materials which one might pursue to develop this sense. The following selection resonated with me.
1. Read Design Magazines
Pink says: “Professional designers read (and obsess over) design magazines. So should you (except for the obsess part). Reading design magazines — or just leafing through them — can sharpen your eye and inspire your mind.” These eight are on Pink’s must-read list: Ambidextrous, Dwell, HOW, iD, Metropolis, O Magazine, Print, Real Simple.
2. Be Like Karim
Karim Rashid is “one of …
“How do you decide between immersing yourself in your career and balancing it with an active social/cultural/travel life?”
I think I have different answers to this question that applied at various times in my working career.
I have and do regularly deeply immerse myself in work because that is just the way I work… but I truly believe that we mammals are always required to surface to breathe. My immersion periods can be 2 weeks to 5 years in duration and they look different each time.
I can remember when my youngest was born, I went immediately from delivery to prospectus drafting. Eight months later with a successful IPO behind me, I took July off and hung with the kids at the lake.
At times in my career, I balanced between kids and work and that was clearly all the time I had and I still felt like I was compromising. BK (Before Kids) …
What is it to be exceptional?
This is the question of the week. I would love you to share your answer in the Comments section below or in the Forums in the Ask Yourself section. I will include my answer in the Forums. Check it out!!!
I am an ESTJ according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
My Total EQ is 98 according to the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory.
I am an Enneagram Type 8: The Challenger according to the Enneagram Institute.
I am Striving to be in Control according to my Striving Styles Self Assessment.
I am a Humour Type according to the CTI Co-Active Leadership Program.
I am a Soul Type 5 according to New Equations.
My Style Statement is Genuine Gentle.
What does all of this mean to me?
I believe understanding my personality type and style from all of these various perspectives allows me to better understand my potential impact on the world. And to the extent I am able on any particular day in any particular circumstance to alter my approach to allow myself to more effectively achieve my objectives whatever they might be. And when I am unable to do so for whatever reason, to learn from the situation …