Poetry Slam at Art of Management 2014

First conference appearance: Age of Artists in Copenhagen

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Age of Artists founding member S. Kirsten Gay delivered our first conference presentation at the art of management & organization conference that took place in Copenhagen Aug 28-31. Today we are pleased to share the presentation. The related white paper will be released to the public in a couple of weeks.

The Art of Management & Organization exists to bring together a community of scholars, researchers, practitioners, artists, managers, consultants and anyone who is interested in understanding management and organization from perspectives drawn from the humanities and arts.

Kirsten presented our initial findings and insights drawn from conversations with artists and thought leaders which combined nicely to tell a compelling story of our suggested model and why it is important for individuals, organizations and for solving wicked problems. Great artists manage to keep head, hand & heart deliberately in sync over time and likewise the Age of Artists working model consists of three major elements: Head, Hand & Heart.

Head – summarizes our findings when it comes to developing an attitude as a basis or, a foundation for the artistic practice.

Hand – combines a series of actions that artists do and that we were able to identify that crossed the various art genres. We suspect them be relevant for other disciplines as well, in fact some of them are already common practice in other domains. We structured this section into three modules: Searching, Reflecting and Producing which contain another set of sub sections.

Heart – represents an attempt to capture the sphere of beliefs, feelings, faith, emotional evocation and emotions – both the emotions of the artists themselves and the emotions which they seek to evoke with their art or performances.

The overall presentation was very well received. Many participants took pictures of the model that we presented. The comments we heard was “Excellent presentation”, “This is the highlight of the conference so far for me” and “I really like the model”. During a vivid discussion with the audience after the presentation we understood that our concepts need to be deepened in the areas of “Studio Leadership” and “Five lines for the Organization”. We think this can be done by adding additional focus to these areas through further conversations with thought leaders and additional research.

On top of the learning during her presentation and follow-up discussion Kirsten had the chance to also establish a close connection with some very knowledgeable and committed individuals that we hope to connect and engage with further. On top Kirsten participated in the poetry slam during the conference and won the runner-up – but according to her that would have been more impressive if there were more than three poets there!

Our first conference presentation has been a great opportunity and experience for Kirsten and Age of Artists and encouraged us to continue our journey to constantly learning from creative disciplines for better outcomes in business and society. We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the success of the presentation, our conversation partners, the Art of Management & Organization team and academic organizer Per Darmer of the Copenhagen Business School.

Miha Pogacnik National Gallery

What can Business learn from Classical Masterpieces – Interview with Miha Pogacnik

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“Great Art really mobilizes the total human nature and that is very important.”

One of the objectives of Age of Artists is to promote the dialogue and exchange with thought leaders at the intersection of art and business. One of our first conversations brought us to Miha Pogacnik, classical concert violinist and leadership consultant that taps the largely unexplored potential of art as a significant force for productivity, creativity and organizational renewal. Miha is Slovenian Cultural Ambassador, entrepreneur and adjunct professor of Art and Leadership at IEDC – Bled School of Management. Details about his passion and profession can be found at mihavision.com.

Age of Artists spoke to Miha for more than one hour during an inspiring video interview while he was at home in Hamburg on June 14th 2014. Here are some of the gems from that inspiring conversation.

Sources: Picture taken from mihavision.com

Art of Management Conference 2014

Age of Artists accepted for presentation at Art of Management Conference

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Age of Artists is looking forward to participate and present at the 2014 Copenhagen Art of Management and Organization Conference. We finally received our formal acceptance letter stating:

We are delighted to accept your paper “Art and Economy – How Business can Learn from Creative Disciplines” for participation in the Open stream at the Art of Management and Organization Conference to be held at the Copenhagen Business School August 28 – 31, 2014. We are confident your paper will make a fruitful contribution to the aims and objectives of the conference.

Excited to be part of it!

Source: Picture of Copenhagen Business School by Bjarke MacCarthy

Cynetart 2014

4 core needs for superior employee performance

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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. This certainly falls into the renewal quadrant.

Art & Economy

Fifteen years ago

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It will be soon fifteen years ago when Thomas (Koeplin) and I started our first conversations about the positive influence art could have on the global economy. What if – we thought – we would be able to distill how artists work and to offer this essence to professional organizations – profit and non-for profit – and the people within in order to support the idea of a more sustainable global economy. Already then we believed in the power of art-based processes when it comes to “doing the right things right”.

In 2002 I went to an exhibition in the Hamburger Deichtorhallen titled “Art & Economy” (Catalogue cover is pictured above). What we found was great but also little disappointing. The majority of pieces exhibited did not illustrate what we were looking for. It was rather about art for and about companies and the relationship when it comes to articulating how companies pocket art in order to sell more or to enhance their reputation. We believed and still believe this discussion was already made obsolete by the works of Duchamps, Warhol, Liechtenstein and others. I left the exhibition somewhat disappointed but with strong intention to continue the research on the subject of art-based thinking and action.

Thomas and I continued for a little while but then suddenly paused for many good reasons. This is now a decade ago. Time has come to start again as we realized in conversations with many friends and colleagues that current trends and developments in our global society and economy require a correction. A correction where the arts can play a major role so that innovation and evolution are sustainable and have a human touch.