What We're Into: Art Connections

We believe that business leaders have a lot to learn from the creative process and people who have made careers in the arts. Here are a few of our favorite resources in which artists share their struggles and lessons.

TED Talk: Elizabeth Gilbert, "Your elusive creative genius"

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert challenges the idea of “genius” being the realm of a chosen few, which she sees as destructive. Instead, she says, we all have creative genius within, and we can all work to cultivate and reveal it.

TED Talk: John Maeda, "How art, technology, and design inform creative leaders"

John Maeda, former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, shares the advantages a creative mindset has over traditional leadership models. For example, creative people, he says, love to learn from mistakes rather than avoiding failure at all costs. He argues in favor of a nodal network model of leadership, instead of a hierarchical model.

Book: David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear

In Art and Fear, the authors explore the hurdles and difficulties of making art (or doing anything new or personal) in the real world. It's an honest, artist-driven look at what it's like to create.

Book: Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Acclaimed choreographer Twyla Tharp explains that it's important to make creativity a habit. She shares practical exercises for harnessing ideas and incorporating creation into your daily routines.