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March 22, 2005

News & Opinion: A Whole New Mind

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 1:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I have been feeling quite bored with the usual business stuff for some time. Bored with talk of efficiency, bored with most business books (like Johnnie), bored with the usual chatter on most of the 98 business blogs I read (and that stuff is infinitely more interesting than whats in the magazines and books).
Bored. Uninspired.
Its a bit worrisome, because I endeavor to be a great and well paid business writer and consultant. I can see the impact my lack of interest is having in my blog posts, too. Once or twice a week I psych myself up to say something that makes me think. These are the posts you like, too. The other days, Im not giving readers anything special, and it shows. Sorry about that.
After procrastinating for a while, I cracked open the new book, A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. I agreed to do a review of it for Todd at 1800CEOREAD.com. Thats the only reason I opened the book. Had I not made the commitment, I likely would have never read the book. It would have sat in the stack with the other books I have been meaning to get to.
Thanks, Todd.
Heres the irony. Had I not pushed past my apathy toward reading the book, I would not have learned why I am feeling bored and uninspired.
A Whole New Mind told me exactly why I was bored and, in fact, why my uneasiness makes sense.
Some of you are likely are feeling the same. The last thing you want to do is buy and read another nonfiction book. Youre burnt out on the usual business conversation. If this is you, then you NEED to read A Whole New Mind.
Heres the quick gist of the book for those of you who have not read the other reviews or articles about the book:

About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.