This piece on NPR represents the high art of observation. It is also extremely relevant to learning how to see from a strategic perspective: making connections not made normally that lead to new insights or value.
We need not only to learn how to do is integrate art into our work, but also how to transform our “work” into something worthy of art. That will help transform those disengaged workers into engaged workers, enhance innovation and improve customer satisfaction, because the one thing you can be certain of with an artist is that he or she feels passionately about their work. Let’s find ways to bring that passion to the work experience.
At a time when recession is reminding us how badly we need work, it should be artists who teach us to discern the virtues of the furniture of contemporary technology.
I will let my friend Alain De Botton speak for himself about the bridge between art and work.
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.