Artful Work

Awakening Joy, Meaning, and Commitment in the Workplace

Dick Richards (Author)

Publication date: 02/01/1995

Artful Work

Work and art are not, as we have come to believe, mutually exclusive. The industrial revolution, it can be said, drove art out of work. Our new-found ability for mass production robbed workers of their art, forcing them to find "jobs." Work quickly came to be viewed as something we do to survive and art merely something to hang on our walls. The reward for work became extrinsic rather than intrinsic. Instead of pursuing joy within work, we began to pursue it in leisure and in the external rewards of employment.

In Artful Work, Dick Richards reminds us that all work can be artful, and that artfulness is the key to passion and commitment. He applies the assumptions of artists about work and life to the challenges facing people and organizations in today's rapidly changing world. This book provides a new perspective on those challenges that is both practical and visionary, singing a provocative new tune for those journeying to make work more meaningful and joyful, and organizations more committed to their purposes. Readers will learn to take an inspired approach to their work, renewing their experience of it as a creative, participative, and purposeful endeavor.

There are seven basic assumptions of the concept of Artful Work:
o All Work Can Be Artful
o The Reward for Artful Work Is In the Doing
o The Ambition of Artful Work Is Joy
o All Work Is Spiritual Work
o Artistry Demands That the Artist Own the Work Process
o Artful Work Requires Consistent and Conscious Use of the Self
o As the Artist Makes the Work, the Work Makes the Artist

Artful Work sets forth an entirely new way of thinking about all of the work we do, and the organizations that contain our work. It offers a compelling guide to honoring artistry in our work, organizations, and leadership roles, and creating workplaces that truly honor our passion. It speaks to the courageous and hopeful among us who seek to make our work and workplaces more joyful and productive.

  • Applies an artistic perspective to the challenges facing people and organizations today
  • Shows how to bring all four human energies-physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual-together in our workplaces

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Work and art are not, as we have come to believe, mutually exclusive. The industrial revolution, it can be said, drove art out of work. Our new-found ability for mass production robbed workers of their art, forcing them to find "jobs." Work quickly came to be viewed as something we do to survive and art merely something to hang on our walls. The reward for work became extrinsic rather than intrinsic. Instead of pursuing joy within work, we began to pursue it in leisure and in the external rewards of employment.

In Artful Work, Dick Richards reminds us that all work can be artful, and that artfulness is the key to passion and commitment. He applies the assumptions of artists about work and life to the challenges facing people and organizations in today's rapidly changing world. This book provides a new perspective on those challenges that is both practical and visionary, singing a provocative new tune for those journeying to make work more meaningful and joyful, and organizations more committed to their purposes. Readers will learn to take an inspired approach to their work, renewing their experience of it as a creative, participative, and purposeful endeavor.

There are seven basic assumptions of the concept of Artful Work:
o All Work Can Be Artful
o The Reward for Artful Work Is In the Doing
o The Ambition of Artful Work Is Joy
o All Work Is Spiritual Work
o Artistry Demands That the Artist Own the Work Process
o Artful Work Requires Consistent and Conscious Use of the Self
o As the Artist Makes the Work, the Work Makes the Artist

Artful Work sets forth an entirely new way of thinking about all of the work we do, and the organizations that contain our work. It offers a compelling guide to honoring artistry in our work, organizations, and leadership roles, and creating workplaces that truly honor our passion. It speaks to the courageous and hopeful among us who seek to make our work and workplaces more joyful and productive.

  • Applies an artistic perspective to the challenges facing people and organizations today
  • Shows how to bring all four human energies-physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual-together in our workplaces

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Dick Richards' first career was as a graphic artist. He studied advertising design at the Philadelphia College of Art, and has published his photographs, exhibited his paintings and drawings, and performed readings of his poetry. For nearly twenty years he has been consulting on matters of leadership, organization change, career development, personal growth, and teamwork to companies in the United States, Europe, and Canada. He also serves as an advisor to the innovative International Directors Program at the University of Ulster Business School in Northern Ireland, and teaches in that program. He is the author of Artful Work: Awakening Joy, Meaning, and Committment in the Workplace.

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Table of Contents

Contents
1. The Orders Don't Work Anymore
2. Centering
3. All Work Can Be Artful
4. Work, Rewards, and Joy
5. The Poker Game
6. All Work Is Spiritual Work
7. Owning the Work Process
8. Use of the Self
9. The Centered Organization
10. Artful Leadership
A Credo for Artful Work

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Endorsements

"Dick Richards' thoughtful new book is admittedly a different kind of business book. He has drawn artfully from philosophy, the arts, and management theory to illuminate for us the truly important questions of work and our relationship to it. More important, Richards' own decency and his faith in the potential of the human spirit to solve the problems of business shine through on every page."

James Autry, author of Love and Profit and Life and Work

"Richards reminds us, with charm and warmth, that, to the degree that we are whole persons, we are all also artists. And artists succeed at work, management, and leadership not in spite of their art, but precisely because of it. A treasured addition to the current literature dedicated to valuing human depth in business-valuing depth because it is moral, of course, but also because it can be profitable."-Peter Koestenbaum, author of The Heart of Business

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