ARTISTS CRAFTSMEN AND TECHNOCRATS PDF

Link leads to PDF. This is an excellent book about the role of artists, craftsmen, and technocrats. This book applies the artist-craftsman-technocrat scheme to modern life in work, organizations, and societies. I really enjoyed reading it, which is unusual in a book translated from the French into English; the author is a PhD at a bilingual Toronto university. She describes all three as honest, hardworking, and ethical. The Artist is people-oriented, open-minded, intuitive, and visionary.

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For more than three centuries, emotion has been banished to the wings while cognition has monopolized center stage in the drama of leadership.

Since Descartes wrote, "I think, therefore I am," we have been led to believe that the less emotion enters into our judgment, and the more objective and rigorous our thinking processes are, the better our decisions will be. A high IQ has been the path to power. What Damasio reveals is not that emotion is somehow better than thinking, but that thinking is based on emotion.

Good judgment and rational thought are vitally dependent on emotional signaling; pain, remorse, guilt, fear, empathy, doubt, and pride help us learn, change, and grow. Without those emotional signals, our thought processes rigidify. We get stuck in the present, unable to learn from the past or to envisage a better future and strive for it. What, you might well ask, does all this have to do with leadership?

A lot. In the Descartian view, what you need to be a great leader is high IQ: You need to be bright. In the new view that recognizes the value of emotions, leaders have to be bright - and tuned in. Let me give you a glimpse inside one global financial services company that ignored the new view. In the mid s, a man in his 40s took over a medium-sized, general-insurance company operating in a regional market. He had a dream - a big dream. His dream was to build a global corporation operating in general and life insurance, banking, trust, and investment services - in short, an integrated financial services empire spanning the world, at a time when insurance was insurance and banking was banking, and never the twain shall meet.

Some people thought he was a nut. What was that company founder like? Anything but a calculating machine. I call him an Artist. How did those qualities contribute to his success? The characteristics warm, generous, funny, and people-oriented, helped him attract and keep great colleagues and investors. The emotional and inspiring traits made his enthusiasm infectious. In being daring, intuitive, unpredictable, and visionary, he created his dream and the winning strategy to make it a reality.

Being open to new ideas helped the founder and the corporation evolve, and helped the Artist keep very different kinds of people around him. That ensured that no single view of the world would prevail in the company. During those years of building, the Artist surrounded himself with talent, and he let that talent find expression in a decentralized power structure.

His key executives ran their own shows. The other executives were a mixed group. Six other executives were described by their peers as well-balanced, trustworthy, reasonable, sensible, and realistic. I call them the Craftsmen. Craftsmen know their business down to their fingertips.

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Artists, Craftsmen And Technocrats

For more than three centuries, emotion has been banished to the wings while cognition has monopolized center stage in the drama of leadership. Since Descartes wrote, "I think, therefore I am," we have been led to believe that the less emotion enters into our judgment, and the more objective and rigorous our thinking processes are, the better our decisions will be. A high IQ has been the path to power. What Damasio reveals is not that emotion is somehow better than thinking, but that thinking is based on emotion. Good judgment and rational thought are vitally dependent on emotional signaling; pain, remorse, guilt, fear, empathy, doubt, and pride help us learn, change, and grow.

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Artists, Craftsmen & Technocrats

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Areial Cormier marked it as to-read Oct 20, What good is an Oath? Link leads to PDF. Share your thoughts with other customers. Quebec has craftsmeh long tradition of artisanship, professional training and European models of decentralized manufacturing. A New Transit Hub 3 years ago. Of course, she says it much better than that.

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