Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lessons from Great Artists & Architects

In my last blog posting, America’s Coach, I indicated that I have been inspired by some great people I never met, artists and architects that have guided me on my business journey. The list is long: Leger, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Miro, Calder, Dali, Neel, I. M. Pei and Frank Gehry.

Read On:
Detailed below are the lessons I have learned from my favorite artists and architects:

- You must start with traditional training before you can breakout and create new ideas.
- Simplicity.
- Scale – sketches that lead to large masterpieces.
- There is no instant gratification when it comes to artistic creation.
- Artists serve people and live in a commercial world, but they need to discover how they can step outside the norm, take risks and slice their sliver/niche.
- When artists/creative people step outside the norm they must accept criticism, wear it like an article of clothing for a while, then toss it and move on.
- What makes it all worth it (the thrill) is the process of pulling together an achievement.
- Don’t compromise your values.
- Treat each client differently and special.
- Harmony = Balance.

One final thought. Each one of the individuals on my list were larger than life, thus taught me the value of Joie de Vivre, the Joy of Living.


  1. do you ever sleep? what awesome comments. I will see you Saturday lobster bisque

  2. I thought of Miles Davis. Julliard trained and came to redefine jazz through a minimalist approach that resonates still today. You probably know Kind of Blue, but Flamenco Sketches may be germane to your wonderful thoughts. Thanks for sharing.