Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



In today's society it is scientists and businesspeople who wield the most influence and power. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi believes this also gives them the responsibility to provide for the needs, not just of their workforce, but of the community in its largest sense. This book helps those in power towards a new understanding and vision of what it means to be a leader.

The people interviewed here - including Peter Bijur (CEO of Texaco), Michael Markkula (co-founder of Apple Computer), Anita Roddick (founder of The Body Shop) and Ted Turner (vice chairman of AOL Time Warner) are recognised both for their success and because they care for more than success. Their case studies provide a blueprint for doing business that is good, not just in the material sense, but also on spiritual and ethical levels.

Good Business shows leaders and managers - and employees - how to contribute to the development of an enjoyable life that provides meaning, to a society that is just and evolving, and ultimately to the sum of human happiness.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Flow in the Workplace: Csikszentmihalyi's concept of flow involves being fully immersed in an activity, and it's likely that the book explores how individuals can experience flow in their work.

  2. Meaningful Work: The book may emphasize the importance of finding meaning and purpose in one's professional life, contributing to overall life satisfaction.

  3. Employee Engagement: Csikszentmihalyi's work often touches on the idea of engaging work environments, and the book may offer insights into creating workplaces where employees are engaged and motivated.

  4. Positive Psychology Principles: Expect the book to incorporate principles from positive psychology, focusing on strengths, positive emotions, and well-being in the workplace.

  5. Ethical Business Practices: Csikszentmihalyi may address the importance of ethical behavior and values in business and how these contribute to the overall success and well-being of individuals and organizations.

  6. Collaborative and Inclusive Culture: The book might discuss the benefits of fostering a collaborative and inclusive culture within organizations, recognizing the contributions of all team members.

  7. Leadership Styles: Csikszentmihalyi could explore leadership styles that contribute to positive work environments, highlighting the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture.

  8. Balancing Challenges and Skills: The concept of flow often involves finding a balance between the challenges of a task and one's skills. The book may discuss how organizations can facilitate this balance for their employees.

  9. Continuous Learning and Growth: Expect the book to touch on the importance of continuous learning and personal growth in the context of a fulfilling and meaningful career.

  10. Well-Being and Work-Life Integration: The book may discuss strategies for integrating work and personal life in a way that enhances overall well-being.

Language English
ISBN-10 0340739738
ISBN-13 9780340739730
No of pages 244
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Hodder Paperbacks
Published Date 05 Jan 2004

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Author : Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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