Support for Right-Brain Skills Development

In his New York Times bestselling book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Author Daniel H. Pink argues that, “The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. The era of “left brain” dominance, and the Information Age that it engendered, are giving way to a new world in which “right brain” qualities-inventiveness, empathy, meaning-predominate” (

Oprah Winfrey has shared Pink’s message with her worldwide audience about how we can use these essential right-brain skills to remain competitive in the workplace and improve our daily lives. “Because I’ve always been a right-brain kind of person—more of an inventive and empathetic storyteller than a linear, logical number cruncher—this book really spoke to me” says Oprah in the December 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine (

The article “Top 10 Soft Skills for Job Hunters” (Kate Lorenz, reinforces the growing demand in the workplace for these types of right-brain soft skills such as:

1. Strong Work Ethic

2. Positive Attitude

3. Good Communication Skills

4. Time Management Abilities

5. Problem-Solving Skills

6. Acting as a Team Player

7. Self-Confidence

8. Ability to Accept and Learn From Criticism

9. Flexibility/Adaptability

10. Working Well Under Pressure

New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Pink argues that,

“These right-brain abilities are more than a way to get ahead in today’s economy. They’re part of what it means to be human. Everybody has the capacity to develop them. And if we encourage people to tap the right side of their brains, we have the potential to transform our world—to make ourselves not just better off but just plain better.”

(, From the December 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine)


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