Work As Art with Dick Richards

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Why are so many of us unhappy in our jobs? Dick Richards gives us many answers to this question as well as practical insights for what we can do about it. A graphic artist, poet and international organizational consultant on leadership, change, teamwork and personal growth, Richard believes "all work has the capacity to be both science and art". Bringing our emotional and spiritual energies to the workplace will ultimately lead to employee fulfillment and corporate success, because Richards points out something we have long denied: work and life are one. In realizing that "we have been conditioned that the joy comes after the work," this innovative thinker challenges us to find joy in the process. Richards dares us to find our place in the universe, not just find a job. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Dick Richards is a recipient of the Publishers Marketing Group Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Business Book of 1995). He reminds all who strive to make their work their art: "The ambition of artful work is joy".

He is the author of:

  • Artful Work

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Realizing that what you do creates who you are
  • How you can survive "Downsizing," and the opportunites it creates
  • Why you may feel inhibited in the workplace
  • Bringing a new kind of energy and passion to your work
  • How to reawaken a sense of pride in what you do
  • The meaning of Artful Work
  • How the Industrial Revolution took the Art out of Work
  • The importance of being connected to the end result
  • Mastering the art of leadership
  • Appreciating and cultivating other people's passion--it's contagious!
  • Changing the language of the Business Universe
  • Moving from the mundane to the spiritual and back again
Host: Michael Toms       Interview Date: 12/13/1996       Program Number: 2605