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Five Minds for the Future (Leadership for the Common Good) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591399122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591399124
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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....the author has put his finger on some vital attributes needed by
professionals in this hyper-competitive age
-- The Financial Times, March 28, 2007

Anyone seeking an intellectual justification for life-long learning should
look no further.
-- Training and Development, April 2007

It is time for IT Managers to exercise their minds - all five of them
-- VNU Business, April 2007

Visionary....Gardner avoids overly-technical arguments as well as breezy
generalizations, proving his world-class reputation well-earned. -- Publishers Weekly, April 2007

[Professor Gardner] offers insight into the qualities of thinking that will allow people to survive and prosper in 21st century
-- In View, January 2008

a detailed and thoughtful description of the multifaceted brains that are
likely to be most valued in the coming decades
-- Businessweek, May 7, 2007

"[Gardner] is breaking fresh intellectual ground with Five Minds
for the Future." -- The Times, 4 April, 2007

An ambitious book... Five Minds is a manifesto, a public declaration about education as it should be.
-- International Baccalaureate Magazine, May 2008

improve your mind and ponder afresh how the hell we are going to
cope in the future... a delightful book.
-- Management Today, May 2007

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"This welcome book challenges us to ensure our curriculum equips young people for the demands of a rapidly changing world."
- Professor Brian Boyd, University of Strathclyde

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have read and reviewed all of Howard Gardner's previous books and consider this, his latest, to be the most valuable thus far. In it, he identifies and explains five separate but related combinations of cognitive abilities that are needed to "thrive in the world during eras to come...[cognitive abilities] which we should develop in the future." Gardner refers to them as "minds" but they are really mindsets. Mastery of each enables a person:

1. to know how to work steadily over time to improve skill and understanding;

2. to take information from disparate sources and make sense of it by understanding and evaluating that information objectively;

3. by building on discipline and synthesis, to break new ground;

4. by "recognizing that nowadays one can no longer remain within one's shell or one's home territory," to note and welcome differences between human individuals and between human groups so as to understand them and work effectively with them;

5. and finally, "proceeding on a level more abstract than the respectful mind," to reflect on the nature of one's work and the needs and desires of the society in which one lives.

Gardner notes that the five "minds" he examines in this book are different from the eight or nine human intelligences that he examines in his earlier works. "Rather than being distinct computational capabilities, they are better thought of as broad uses of the mind that we can cultivate at school, in professions, or at the workplace."

The "future" to which the title of this book refers is the future that awaits each of us. That is, Gardner is not a futurist in the sense that others such as Ossip K. Flechteim, Bertrand de Jouvenel, Dennis Gabor, Alvin Toffler, and Peter Schwartz are.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
The learned ancient Greeks were fascinated by what an ideal education would involve. Why? They hoped to apply that education to the kings of the era and to create a better society through the leadership of the kings. That ambition came closest to being fulfilled through Alexander the Great, who became a highly effective conqueror and spreader of Greek ideas and values.

Professor Gardner takes up this challenge once again in perceiving new challenges for modern people that will be more difficult to meet in the future. I suspect that his vision is, in part, aimed at the same goal as the ancient Greeks except as executed through the leaders and most prominent citizens of a republic employing democratic principles.

In a break from his prior focus on multiple intelligences, Five Minds for the Future emphasizes five methods of thinking that he hopes to see integrated into individuals. These methods of thinking are based on:

1. Mastering an important subject matter (such as history, math, or science) and staying up to date through application of the discipline's method of thinking. This is quite different from knowing the facts of the discipline.

2. Being able to integrate large quantities multidisciplinary facts and apply them into one's work.

3. Posing new questions, developing new solutions to existing questions, stretching disciplines and genres in new directions, or building new disciplines.

4. Being open to understanding and appreciating the perspectives and experiences of those who are different from the individual.

5. Doing one's work in an ethical way that reflects responsibilities to others and society.

What does this boil down to as a problem?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Howard Gardner is a man of many minds. The Harvard psychologist, MacArthur "genius grant" recipient and prolific author started a revolution when he claimed that human capability couldn't be reduced to a single metric. Rather than accepting IQ as the whole story of cognitive capacity, Gardner said people have "multiple intelligences," a notion he popularized in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligence. Twenty-five years later, Gardner is still producing influential work on human mental skills and capabilities. In this clear, eminently useful book, Gardner describes five cognitive capacities that he predicts will be in most demand in the future and which everyone should practice. While he describes them metaphorically as "minds," these forms of thought are neither wholly innate nor immutable. All people can, through diligent practice, cultivate their disciplined mind, their synthesizing mind, their creative mind, their respectful mind and their ethical mind - and they should. Given accelerating technological change and vast increases in the flow of information and the necessity of working closely with many different kinds of people worldwide, getAbstract is of a mind to recommend this book to managers who are trying to think ahead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Harrod on 16 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Brilliant book from a brilliant mind...a little heavy going for the non-academic but quite mind-blowing from another top educationalist (Pro Sir Ken Robinson is another) leading the charge that creativity is being ignored by official educationalists to the detriment of society.
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