Eric Veldhoen in his book “the Art of Working” defines art as a way of organising space and time, or organising matter in space and time. Art is not just about organising time and place. The activity becomes art, if it is organised in a certain way. A successful piece of art is not open for discussion, it makes sense. Even though you might not be able to say why it makes sense.
Art and working have been at odds with each other for a long time. And still are in the opinion of many. Assumptions are made that working has little or nothing to do with art, and if an artist can be said to work at all, he/she does so under the influence of a kind of divine inspiration? Those who know how great artists tackled their art know how untrue this image is, in fact always the result of discipline and craftsmanship.
The truth is that the gap between working and art is narrowing. We are all invited to be creative! The foundation upon which I wrote my book “leading by design” making better decisions in a complex world. Jost Stollmann, Non-Executive Director at Tyro Payments confirmed this bolt statement during my book launch speech saying: “being creative is no longer seen reserved for the elite. We’re going to build the future by having everybody discover within themselves the creativity to build and create the future.”
“being creative is no longer seen reserved for the elite. We’re going to build the future by having everybody discover within themselves the creativity to build and create the future.” Jost Stollmann, Non-Executive Director Tyro Payments
We are learning more and more that we can design the world in such a way that productivity and taking pleasure in work become part and parcel of the same thing. Maybe we owe it to the millennials, inspired to bring their whole self to work. More and more people are seeking Self-actualisation as an integral part of working.
If people succeed at integrating the positive, softer sides of work into their way of working, they come to regard working as a work of art, even if they may not call it that in so many words.
Better focus on crafting the way you work, then spending time of making sense why!