“A brilliant and comprehensive introduction to the most seminal component of leadership: wisdom. The diversity of the readings and wisdom of the authors make this a most original and valuable addition to the management canon.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader“This wonderful compilation proves that management is as much art as science, and that deep thinking can inform and inspire practice to be more humane, ethical, and, yes, wise.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End“If you'll forgive a pun, this is a wise book about organizational and managerial wisdom. It shows what's possible when some of our best thinkers turn their collective attention to such timely subjects as EQ, negotiation, global politics, and individual and organizational ethics.”—Steve Kerr, Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Past President of the Academy of Management“One of the ‘most promising’ forthcoming management books.”—EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENTOrganizes wisdom around the five primary philosophical branches—logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysicsApplies wisdom in organizations and management through international examples that synthesize a set of practical principles for academics and practicing managersOffers an outstanding collection of world-renowned scholars who give profound insights regarding wisdom

Organizational Aesthetics—Aesthetics and Wisdom in the Practice of Organization Development

Organizational aesthetics—aesthetics and wisdom in the practice of organization development

A colleague of mine, an art museum junkie, has made me more aware of the distinction between fine art in, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York City and so-called art that hangs on the walls of a motel room. The former is good and tasteful; the latter is bad and tasteless.

When looking at tasteful fine art at the Met, we are often filled with awe and feelings of admiration and perhaps even excitement. Moreover, we are likely to remember certain paintings, sculptures, and the like, whereas in our motel room we may barely look at what is hanging on the walls, ...

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