Friday, April 22, 2005

How close is the horizon? 

Munching on my lunchtime apple and randomly clicking – as you do – on a link to a blog I hadn’t visited for a while, this made me sit up and take note:
“The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind — computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind — creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people — artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers — will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys."

Dan Pink, A Whole New Mind

I hope he’s right. Could be my time has come… ;-)

I remember, maybe eight or nine years ago now, seeing the first glimmerings of a new paradigm being created in tiny pockets of organisations. Words like holistic, balance, creative and even spirituality started to be heard without always being laughed off court. Those glimmerings are still for the most part faint and isolated, but I’m sure there are more of them now than there were then. So maybe things really are changing, and maybe too the pace of that change is hotting up. I wonder how close the tipping point is? One thing’s for sure: engaging in the conversation will help accelerate us towards it.

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