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Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life
Hilary Austen

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Format: Hardcover, 232pp.
ISBN: 9781442641303
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Pub. Date: October 27, 2010

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Artistry Unleashed is about working and living at the edge of what you know and beyond. Surprise, uncertainty, ambiguity, intensity, and change are all disruptive forces that we often avoid or fear. Yet they are the essential origin of both creativity and great performance.

Imagine if you could make effective progress with no clear plan or destination in view; if you could achieve excellence without sacrificing creativity; if you could invest passion even as you apply reason and intelligence.

Learn how artistry, when allowed to escape studio walls, can help painters, CEOs, athletes, scientists, chefs, and you to achieve these powerful capabilities. Artistry Unleashed provides original and practical tools to transform what we think about artistry's role in professions, in organizations, in education, and, most importantly, in everyday life.

Artistry Unleashed reveals the unique features of artistic work in any field: enigmatic problems; qualitative intelligence; cognitive emotions; downstream and upstream learning; and your personal knowledge system.


"In a world suffocating in data, Artistry Unleashed is a breath of fresh air. Hilary Austen shows how mastery in the arts depends on connoisseurship, judgment and "feel." With captivating examples, she explores the powerful implications of these artistic facilities in business, education and daily life. This book is an invigorating reflection on processes that are too often misunderstood and undervalued, but vital to success in every field."
—Sir Ken Robinson, author of The Element

"Here is the big idea: The new MBA is an MFA. Artistry Unleashed could be the most important business book you'll ever read. It will open your eyes and your mind to a new way of seeing and thinking."
—Alan M. Webber, co-founder, Fast Company magazine

"No one ever marveled at the 'science of leadership'; great leadership is about developing great judgment. Hilary Austen's brilliant book helped me to see that it is the 'art of leadership' that will lead in the 21st century."
—Chip Conley, CEO Joie De Vivre Hotels and author of PEAK

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Hilary Austen is an adjunct professor and member of the Dean's advisory board at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She completed her PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Elliott Eisner and James G. March.

Table of Contents

Foreward by Roger Martinxi
Introduction: On Business and Other Arts3
1Yesterday's Horse12
2Presidents and Painters23
3Angelo's Kitchen43
4The Territory, the Map, and a Compass58
5In Its Best Light87
6An Uneasy Partnership108
7Learning Artistry132
8Tensions, Traps, and Alternatives158
9The Seven Hallmarks of Artistry174

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