“The M.B.A. is a challenged brand”, Greg Pass, the former chief technology officer of Twitter and now on the faculty of Cornell Tech stated in a very recent New York Times article . As an alternative for educating future business leaders Cornell Tech has launched an innovative concept which includes cross-disciplinary project collaboration between M.B.A. candidates and computer science graduates, group problem solving and group critique methods. “The emphasis is on making things rather than planning.” Pass stated according to the article.
When opening our local newspaper yesterday I was positively surprised to read the sub headline of an article announcing a new German volume of National Geographic about how thinking came into the world. The headline said: “What we are today we do not owe to handaxe or fire: What really turned us into thinking humans was the invention of art.” After reading the full article which was mainly about early mankind and cave painting I started to reflect on our first year with Age of Artists.
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.
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.
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)
Sharing this along with a picture from last week’s camping holiday in northern Germany.