Further Reading

Here is a list of books and internet resources the authors would recommend to start you off on the way of the versatilist.

  • The term versatilist was first coined by the research firm Gartner in 2005. The original research note requires login but a description can be found here.
  • A wikipedia definition can be found here. This is now quite old and who knows, over time, we may add to it.
  • A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. In this book Dan Pink describes why so called “right-brain” thinkers, that is people who have, and know how to apply, artistry, empathy as well as taking the long view will become more important in the 21st century workplace. See a talk by Dan at TED here.
  • Change By Design by Tim Brown. Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO, a global design consultancy. In this book Tim describes how ‘design thinking’ coupled with creativity and storytelling can help challenge entrenched thinking and help you not only to see the world differently but also to collaborate more productively. See a video of Tim talking about his book here and Tim’ thoughts on creativity and play at TED here.
  • Ignore Everybody (And 39 Other Keys to Creativity) by Hugh MacLeod. Hugh MacLeod has not only built a business out of drawing cartoons on the back of business cards (no, really) but is also an extremely successful blogger and  author. This his first book where he dispenses words of wisdom (and cartoons) on creativity and productivity and a bunch of other stuff. Just go and read his blog!
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Whatever you think about Jobs the businessman he was most definitely an example of a versatilist. Whilst we would hope that most versatilists would not have his ego or somewhat unorthodox business practices he was very much a right, as well as left-brained thinker.
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. This is a book about how to overcome your inner demons as well as the obstacles that are in the way of your ambition. As the author says:  “think of it as tough love . . . for yourself”.

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