I recently had the opportunity to hear Daniel Pink speak at my Alma Mater, North Central College. He was doing some speaking engagements related to his newest book, To Sell is Human, and was brought in by the wonderful Anderson Bookshops. As someone who has spoken with Pink personally, he will be the first to tell you that he writes for business folks in mind but understands that some educators pull ideas and concepts from his work. As with Drive and A Whole New Mind, his newest book has some cross over into the world of education. For me, his speech hit a few things I think educators can certainly relate to and learn from.
One of the things Pink went over was three skills that those in sales needs to have and I tend to see a connection to teaching:
Attunement – The ability to understand a person’s point of view.
“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.-Ralph Waldo Emerson