“Artistry Unleashed: Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life” – quotes
Quotes from panel session held at Savoy hotel, London, 29/3/11.
Dr. Hilary Austen, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto and Author, Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life (Rotman/UToronto Press, 2010)
Tyler Brulé, Editor-in-Chief, Monocle
Prof. Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto; Author, The Responsibility Virus, The Opposable Mind, The Design of Business and Fixing the Game; Director, Thomson Reuters, Research in Motion
Tom Hulme, Design Director, IDEO
Daniel Weil, Partner, Pentagram
Quotes (with my favourites in bold)
Artists take on a wicked problem with glee
It is the qualitative experience that enables the right diagnostic to be done
Measurement is not everything when compared to a qualitative relative comparison
Where is the room for serendipity?
Entrepreneurship is the most creative profession
Tell stories to create value alignment in humans by showing the value objective
Identity is a qualitative experience of self
Where is qualitative taught (other than architecture?)
Vision is a set of principles that allow you to take steps that otherwise
In arts, interpretation is key. There is none of this in science. Interpretation should be taught: the meaning for its creator and its meaning for you
Social media is a great way for enabling our children to be creative (network influencing/ leadership/ relationship interpretation)
Learn more efficiently than everyone else from failure
There is a new belief in craft
Everybody should be an artist for 15 minutes
Real experience has risk and shouldn’t be avoided via the lobotomizing act of passive media consumption
Excellence in seeking talent and nurturing talent = future of corporations
Take away = you need to take charge of your own knowledge
– conceptual (awareness of your own frameworks and perspectives)
– directional (own ideals and hopes)
Contradiction is a dynamic relationship which enables you to define the processes that have led you to your conflict
Having a process unlocks creativity as it gives you bounds
Because it’s easier to communicate quantitative information, this is the reason we have a leaning against qualitative in education and corporations
How do you overcome the barrier of ‘you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’? – if you can’t measure it, it probably is one of the most important things for your business eg. attachment of readers to a magazine – what is the feeling in their hearts?
As soon as you measure it, you affect it. Employee satisfaction is a good example?
There is a lot of stuff off-balance sheet of the company that is incredibly important for the future success
How can we learn ‘beyond success’? How do we stop ourselves failing because of focusing on the development of mastery vs. the development of new ideas
Let the things that work be moments that pass by.
Find the edge of what is possible, rather than looking to win the medal.
We’ve overly-charged successful outcomes with too much importance
Forgetting is an important part of creativity. A quantifying mind doesn’t want to forget.