Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi : Good Business – Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning

Nur Zyniker können heute noch behaupten, der Kapitalismus hätte alles zum Besseren gewendet in der Welt. Der Mensch als soziales Wesen ist auf der Strecke geblieben. Die Politik, geschweige die Demokratie hat glorreich versagt.

Wir werden also auf den Guten Kapitalismus setzen müssen, den Robert B. Reich(!) auch schon in ‘Supercapitalism’ bemühte.
(rsc // reviews & reflections: “Robert B. Reich : Supercapitalism – The Transformation of Business, Democracy and everyday Life”)

Die Chancen stehen schlecht, wenn wir uns die negativen Auswüchse des Kapitalismus ansehen in Russland, der globalen Finanzkrise, der unverhohlenen Gier nach Materiellem der Menschen.

Die Chancen stehen gut, wenn wir uns ansehen, was Menschen wie Steve Jobs bei Apple, Bill Gates mit seiner Stiftung, die deutschen Mittelstands-Familien-Unternehmen bewegen können.

Mihalys Buch ist der Versuch, zu zeigen, daß es mehr von diesen Menschen in den Unternehmen der Welt gibt und wie sie mit ihrer Vision erfolgreich sein können, gleichzeitig einem guten Geschäft nicht abgeneigt gegenüberstehen, im Gegenteil ihre Vision als Grundvoraussetzung des Erfolges sehen.

Everybody
“A person must … feel that his or her talents are fully employed, that he is able to develop his potentialities, and that his everyday life is not stressful or boring, but holds deeply enjoyable experiences.”

Leaders
“In our interviews with exemplary business leaders these same themes kept reappearing: To be successful you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing something beyond yourself.”

Communication
“A lot of problems in business are not because the CEO doesn’t have the right values. It’s because the CEO isn’t effective at communicating them throughout the entire organization.”

To be successful …
“… you have to enjoy doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself.”

Effectiveness & Flow
To really become effective in business you need
1 – Clear Goals,
2 – Good & Immediate Feedback,
3 – Incremental Challenges.

On the Importance of Education
This is one of the most important topics of modern society where business leaders and politicians are always short-sighted:
“By the way, if you don’t have an educated workforce coming up, if we have a society that is eroded overwhelmingly with drugs and crime, that’s not good for business.”

Leadership as a Function of Questions
“And the first questions for a leader always is: ‘Who do we intend to be?’ Not ‘What are we going to do?’ but ‘Who do we intend to be?’ “

Vision and Good Leadership
“Good business leaders “… take stock of their personal strengths, their cultural and family background, the possibilities they see around them, and out of all this material they fashion an ideal self. It is the expression of this self that becomes their vision.”

“Such a vision is a powerful device. At the very least, it saves its owner a great amount of psychic energy – he need not to spend time debating his actions or movements, for the road ahead is straight and clear.”

“When each of these three elements of vision – concern for excellence, 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.”

Etwaige Überschneidungen zur Distinctive Leadership Philosophie von romeo sierra consulting sind erkennbar, geht es bei uns beiden doch um die Entwicklung der eigenen Talente, die Vervollkommnung seiner Fähigkeiten und die Inspiration anderer durch die eigene relevante Vision.

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