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The Art of Business: Make All Your Work a Work of Art Hardcover – February 1, 2005
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Full of fascinating ideas about the relationship between the arts and business, between artistic people and business people. -- John Humphrey, former Chairman of the Board, Boston Ballet, and former CEO, the Forum Group
Provides a new framework for thinking about creativity and excellence. Stan's and David's writing is compelling and thought-provoking. Bravo! -- Marc Scorca, President and CEO, Opera America, and Organizer of the first National Performing Arts Convention
Put artistry in everything you do!...The Art of Business articulates this strategy so beautifully that everybody can use it. -- Greg Joswiak, Vice President, iPod Product Marketing, Apple
The Art of Business has the mark of both great art and great businessit makes the profound look simple. -- Warren Bennis, author and world-renowned authority on leadership, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California
The Art of Business is a good antidote to all the business-as-war books out there. -- Lawrence H. Summers, President, Harvard University, and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
About the Author
Stan Davis (Brookline, MA) is a highly respected commentator on business in the future. He is the author of twelve books, including the bestsellers BLUR, 2020 Vision, and Future Perfect, as well as It's Alive and The Monster Under the Bed. David McIntosh (Newton, MA) is a business consultant focused on improving organizational adaptation to technological change. He is a Managing Director with Park Loop LLC, creating executive development programs for Fortune 500 companies.
Top Customer Reviews
More recently, some authors have started to see parallels between the worlds of the arts and business, such as in The Art of Possibility.
The Art of Business represents the culmination of these new views of leadership by encouraging us to "make all your work a work of art." Although on the surface, that sounds simply like taking an artful and business-like approach, at a deeper level the book is addressing a very old tradition . . . that of craftsmanship -- creating something that rewards the soul as well as the body. The example in the book that resonated most with me was the new business model and product thinking behind the Apple iPod.
If you are prepared to open your mind to more rewarding work and providing more rewards to those who employ your work in their lives, The Art of Business will help you expand your horizons in ways that will leave the world richer.
This book will be of most value to those who understand a lot about how to manage what is . . . but aren't sure how to create what is needed, but doesn't exist yet. People who are interested in business model innovation will find this book contains powerful perspectives and paradigms that will enable that important work which I describe in The Ultimate Competitive Advantage.
Bravo, Mssrs. David and McIntosh!
Why are we on the edge of a shift toward the aesthetic in business now? In common with many others before them, Davis and McIntosh assert that after moving from the Industrial Age to the Information Age, we are stepping into yet another era. In "Revenge of the Right Brain", Daniel Pink argued that the logical, left-brain thinking behind the Information Age was giving way to a new "Conceptual Age" that prizes artistry, empathy, and emotion.
Similarly, Davis and McIntosh believe we are being driven beyond the Information Age by three basic forces: the rise of sound and images; the emotionally richer communication these enable; and the fact that these changes are happening faster outside than inside the organization. Just as executives now accept the importance of corporate culture-an idea that was little appreciated until twenty years ago-they are now beginning to recognize the benefits of focusing on the aesthetic and emotional dimensions of work and business.Read more ›
If you're an artist looking to leverage your skills for business or a business person thinking of launching an Art-type initiative, this book may be worth your time. Otherwise, you might just want to think of what you're producing as a work of art, and the rest will naturally follow.
If you're determined to pick up a management book by an artist, and until I write one - try "The Art of Possibility" a good read on management techniques from an Orchestra Conductor and a Family Therapist. I also strongly recommend you check out Tom Peter's "Re-Imagine" - where he covers everything from the WOW project to bringing the heart of design into everything you do.
Below are some of the tidbits from the book:
The Economic Flow
* Inputs: Land, Labor, Capital
* Processes: R&D, Manufacturing, Distribution, Marketing
* Outputs: Better, Faster, Cheaper, Safer
The Artistic Flow
* Inputs: Imagination, Emotion, Intelligence, Experience
* Processes: Create, Produce, Connect
* Outputs: Beauty, Excitement, Enjoyment, Meaning
* Beauty gets its power from being simultaneously stimulating and calming.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Outside the box" can be a good thing, in books, in business and in art. How often does a business book affirm the things that are most important in life (besides money? Read morePublished on August 17, 2005 by C. Perlmutter
The Art of Business, with its subtitle "Make All your Work a Work of Art", adds an exciting perspective for bringing out the aesthetic possibilities in all work, even that of those... Read morePublished on April 22, 2005 by Eleanor Fina
I discovered this book while searching for literature on creativity. As someone who teaches a required "arts appreciation" course at a mid-sized state university, I was delighted... Read morePublished on March 24, 2005 by JRF