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In psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's definition of leadership, the personal is political. The best-selling author of Flow interviewed several dozen exemplary CEOs whose wisdom provides the radical job description of the books premise: "Leaders must make it possible for employees to work with joy, to their hearts content, while responding to the needs of society." Csikszentmihalyi leverages his definition of "flow"-the capacity for full engagement in an activity-to create a blueprint for a workplace in which bringing out the best in workers comes before products and profit. When leaders select and reward employees who find satisfaction at work, they can create an upwardly moral organization.
In this view, leadership is a privilege that requires checking ego in the coatroom and peering into the mirror to ask tough questions. For example, "How do I determine if something is right or wrong?" Or, "What is my business doing to benefit human well being?" He offers some inspiring stories from leaders who engage employees to go with the flow, including Body Shop CEO Anita Roddick, Patagonia crown prince Yvon Chouinard, and media mogul Ted Turner. Some of Csikszentmihalyis advice will sound familiar. Yet he creates a compellingly fresh vision of good business in both a material and spiritual sense. Ultimately, the success of this book lies in its powerful, non-flaky ability to define corporate soul in terms of a company becoming a stakeholder in an entity larger than itself.--Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Asking business leaders to turn a profit in this climate is tough enough, but psychologist Csikszentmihalyi challenges them to do something even tougher: make people happy. The author first explored flow, the enjoyment felt when an individual is focused on a complex task, in 1991's bestselling Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and he has often returned to the subject (The Evolving Self; Creativity; etc.). Now he wants to show business leaders how to foster flow and use their psychic energy to enhance the happiness of their employees, customers and even themselves. The advice book offers predictable but sound guidance to business leaders: know oneself, set clear goals for employees and consider the consequences of business decisions. Insightful quotes from figures like Aristotle, Dante Alighieri and John Locke provide some historical grounding, but mostly the author focuses on how modern businesses motivate employees and contribute to the common good. By conducting extensive interviews, the author collects the secrets of successful business leaders, including the Body Shop CEO Anita Roddick; McDonald's chairman and CEO Jack Greenberg; and AOL Time Warner's Ted Turner. Roddick, for example, says that looking at company's lavatories and cafeteria can reveal a lot about a firm's corporate culture and the happiness of its employees. If a firm fails to create a clean, healthy environment for its workers, it probably isn't doing much good. Csikszentmihalyi shows how moral responsibility, respect for the environment and clean bathrooms can make a business good and the whole world better.
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Love the idea of flow and the author, but I just couldn't get into the book.Published 2 months ago by Mark Mulray
A fantastic and must read book for every organization, team, or company. Intrinsic motivation > extrinsic motivation. I also highly recommend his other books.Published 2 months ago by Alexander
book was gifted to me from a friend.
very interesting concept, was my project in a master's program over seas.
I wish you live in flow today!
Should be considered a business classic that can integrate flow with the learning (sigmoid) curve. Provides practical insights on how to apply flow to our business world.Published 8 months ago by Quantum Student
Csikszentmihalyi will certainly get you thinking about your work differently. He has some wonderful concepts in this book to help one navigate the many options in business, and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by GTO
A short book full of interesting insights and some not so interesting ones. I enjoyed reading it, but found it to be a bit heavy on the religion and examining some companies that I... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Troy Blackford
Good Business is about enjoyment of work and productivity. It is based on the author’s research on flow, the psychology of optimal experience. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andrew Everett
A great thinker - about life and about business. Who knew that a serious business book would include a discussion of the soul?Published 20 months ago by turtlefarmgirl