Instead, says Pink, corporate leaders should create environments that enable people to be creative, empowered, and engaged, and that provide them with a sense of their intrinsic worth. The last section of the book, which contains an array of ideas, practices, questions to ponder, and action lists, should help in that endeavor.
Mapping the Intersections
Together, these books on the human mind are a welcome breakthrough in business writing. Each one addresses a sliver of the biggest challenge we have as human beings — how to align our map with the territory for sanity, for growth, and for success. Without this extraordinary ability, we fail to adapt to our changing world — and we get stuck in the past while the world evolves around us.
In the past, in mainstream publishing, you could not mix business topics with personal effectiveness topics. But these books confirm that the barrier has fallen. By integrating research from the fields of neuroscience and psychology into books about business challenges, their authors give us a new lens through which we can more effectively and successfully navigate our complex, unpredictable world.
- Judith E. Glaser is the founder and CEO of Benchmark Communications Inc., a leadership consulting firm, and cofounder of the Creating WE Institute. She is the author of several books, including Creating WE: Change I-Thinking to We-Thinking and Build a Healthy Thriving Organization (Platinum Press, 2005) and The DNA of Leadership: Leverage Your Instincts to Communicate, Differentiate, Innovate (Platinum Press, 2006).