Giovanni di Paolo The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise 1445

The Purpose-Built and Value-Based Organization

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, Organization Leave a Comment

Looking at business and society today many ask what the score for modern organizations should look like? At Age of Artists we suggest five objectives for modern organizations that are the foundation for what we call the purpose-built and value-based organization:

  • Innovation – an organization needs to constantly innovate
  • Experience – an organization needs to target a seamless and delightful experience for all stakeholders
  • Social responsibility – an organization must contribute to a healthy society – locally and globally
  • Sustainability – an organization must attempt to secure for further generations, not destroy
  • Bottom Line – an organization must be able to sustain itself and its people

For businesses, it is obvious they must keep a sharp focus on their bottom line, as simply without that, they will not continue to exist, whereas art can exist theoretically without it.

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Jacek Irzykowski Kreola

Insights from Art on Engaging with Wicked Problems

Johann Sarmiento Business, Education, Insights Leave a Comment

One way to look at our modern world is as a gigantic collection of problems. Many of these problems might be personal and very well defined (e.g. how do I get to the office on time today?) while others are much higher complexity (e.g. those associated with geopolitical or ecological issues.)  A view of the world as full of problems is not a pessimistic view in any form but, instead, one that highlights the action-oriented and dynamic nature of our natural and man-made worlds. 

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Map of the World 1480
"Map of the World", German 15th Century, woodcut, 41.3 x 29.2 cm (16 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.), Rosenwald Collection, National Gallery of Art

“Design Mindfulness is everything. It’s how you live in the world.” – Interview with Tom Peters

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Insights, Organization Leave a Comment

In a recent interview on leading the 21st-century organization with McKinsey Quarterly Tom Peters suggests to deal with the insane pace of change by going beyond the kinds of tasks and roles that can be automated. One of his recommendations for leading the 21st-century organization is design mindfulness:

“One way to deal with the insane pace of change is by living to get smarter and to learn new things. Another way is by going up the value-added chain beyond the kinds of tasks and roles that can be automated.

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Tekom 2014

Age of Artists at Tekom annual conference

Dirk Dobiéy Event, News Leave a Comment

Last week Age of Artists presented at the at the Tekom annual conference. Together with the TC World conference and Tekom fair under one roof Tekom annual conference is the largest global event and marketplace for technical communication. Technical communication? For us selecting this conference has been an adventure and positive surprise from the day when our contribution was accepted a couple of months ago. To talk about the positive influence artistic attitude and approaches can have on business and society is not exactly what visitors expect when they come to an event where other contributions have titles such as “Web Analytics for Authors of Technical Documentation Content”, “Multilingual Technical Documentation” or “Terminology at the Heart of Enterprise Content Management”.  

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The head, hand and heart of art – Age of Artists publishes white paper with preliminary research findings

Dirk Dobiéy Business, Education, News, Organization, Publication, Society Leave a Comment

The head, hand and art of the arts – Age of Artists publishes white paper with preliminary research findings.

We have already developed a great appreciation for artists of all genres and the way they approach their individual missions. This is a mission where work and life cannot be separated from each other and yet there is room for family, friends, hobbies and even the most mundane things. 

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Cynetart 2014

4 core needs for superior employee performance

Dirk Dobiéy Business, News Leave a Comment

A 19K person survey conducted by Tony Schwartz, the president and CEO of consulting firm The Energy Project, and Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business revealed four core needs for superior employee performance impacting the bottom line up to 22 percent:

  • Renewal (physical)
  • Value (emotional)
  • Focus (mental)
  • Purpose (spiritual)

Source: 4 Things Employees Need to Boost Productivity (via @Inc with reference to HBR blog network, The Power of Meeting Your Employees’ Needs)

Sharing this along with a picture from last week’s camping holiday in northern Germany.

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