How to run organizations craftfully …

craftsmanIn BBCs GlobalBiz Peter Day talks with Richard Sennett about the role and prospect of crafts for managing organizations. Some sound quotes by craftsmen like Richard Taylor (of NZ’s Weta) are interspersed.

This week’s programme explores an intriguing proposition: that craftspeople know better than most business people how organisations ought to be run. […] good craftsmanship – knowing the practicalities of the job – lies at the heart of good business.

[…] Craftsmanship names the basic human impulse to do a job well for its own sake […] good craftsmanship involves developing skills and focusing on the work rather than ourselves. In this thought-provoking book, one of our most distinguished public intellectuals explores the work of craftsmen past and present, identifies deep connections between material consciousness and ethical values, and challenges received ideas about what constitutes good work in today’s world. (from the book blurb)

Now I don’t buy all of these challenging ideas and yes, he disses consultants (rightfully, mostly) – still, I just love his british ways of pronounciation. So go and get the mp3.

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