The Book

“A central task of management is to refrain from making it [good work] even more difficult to pursue by emphasizing greed, cutting corners in quality, ignoring the needs of workers and customers, and generally transforming the organization into a soulless, valueless enterprise.”

“…we infer the existence of soul when a system uses some of its surplus energy to reach outside of itself and invest it in another system, becoming in the process a stakeholder in an entity larger than itself.”

“When each of these three elements of vision – concern for excellent, for people, and for the wider environment – are present, business is transformed from a tool for making profits into a creative, humane experiment for improving life.”

Since the publication of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow in 1990, the notion of “flow”—the state of optimal experience in which one loses oneself in a task or activity—has become a household word. With Good Business, Csikszentmihalyi applies the proven principles of Flow to the business world, revealing the specific values that have served visionary leaders who have succeeded in running businesses that are both successful and humane. Good Business is a key text for managers and for anyone seeking to find meaning, enrichment, and satisfaction on the job.

The Author

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi