Six Skills for The Conceptual Age

Daniel H. Pink is the author of "A Whole New Mind".

Based on three key influences Pink has identified as Abundance (consumers have too many choices, nothing is scarce), Asia (everything that can be outsourced, is) and Automation (computerization, robots, technology, processes) and Pink believes that the six skills listed below will see people who can develop these skills as being successful in what he has coined 'the conceptual age.' The historical narrative he starts the book with outlines four major 'ages':

  • Agricultural Age (farmers)
  • Industrial Age (factory workers)
  • Information Age (knowledge workers)
  • Conceptual Age (creators and empathisers)

And in the spirit of the "play create elevate" philosophy I encourage you to become familiar with these skills.

My particular interest in Pink's Six Skills are Design, Play and Meaning.

Click on the images below to find out more about these right-directed thinking skills. And where appropriate I'll write about what I found compelling and relate to the "play create elevate" philosophy.

More on Dan Pink...

Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books – including the long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind and Drive. His latest book, To Sell is Human, is a #1 New York Times business bestseller, a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller, and a #1 Washington Post nonfiction best-seller. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages.His articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, and The Sunday Telegraph. (See a sample of articles here) Dan has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. And he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.

In 2011, Thinkers50 ranked him one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world.

A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.

He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from the Ringling College of Art and Design (2011) and Westfield State University (2010).

Dan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.