Think about the last time you tried to change someoneâ€™s mind about something important: a voterâ€™s political beliefs; a customerâ€™s favorite brand; a spouseâ€™s decorating taste. Chances are you werenâ€™t successful in shifting that personâ€™s beliefs in any way. In his book, Changing Minds, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner explains what happens during the course of changing a mind â€“ and offers ways to influence that process. Remember that we donâ€™t change our minds overnight, it happens in gradual stages that can be powerfully influenced along the way.This book provides insights that can broaden our horizons and shape our lives.
We live in a time of vast changes. And those changes call for entirely new ways of learning and thinking. In Five Minds for the Future: Howard Gardner defines the cognitive abilities that will command a premium in the years ahead: the disciplinary mindâ€”mastery of major schools of thought (including science, mathematics, and history) and of at least one professional craft; the synthesizing mindâ€”ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole and to communicate that integration to others; the creating mindâ€”capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena; the respectful mindâ€”awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups; the ethical mindâ€”fulfillment of oneâ€™s responsibilities as a worker and citizen. World-renowned for his theory of multiple intelligences, Gardner takes that thinking to the next level in this book, drawing from a wealth of diverse examples to illuminate his ideas. Concise and engaging, Five Minds for the Future will inspire lifelong learning in any reader as well as provide valuable insights for those charged with training and developing organizational leadersâ€”both today and tomorrow.