Good Business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning

Narrated by:
Truitt Blassingham

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2003
4 hours 30 minutes
Since Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi published his groundbreaking book Flow more than a decade ago, world leaders such as Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and influential sports figures like Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson have all been inspired by the book. In today's corporate upheaval, a new business paradigm is evolving. While many CEOs are being exposed for their greed, truly visionary leaders believe in a goal that benefits themselves as well as others. They realize that it is their vision and 'soul' that attract loyal employees willing to go above and beyond the call of corporate duty. And their employees are realizing the same thing. While 80 percent of adults claim they'd work even if they didn't have to, the majority of them can hardly wait to leave their jobs and get home.
Good Business starts with the premise that this is an age in which business and work have replaced religion and politics as central forces in contemporary life. This audiobook reveals how business leaders, managers, and employees can find their 'flow' and contribute not only to their own happiness, but also to a just and evolving society. It identifies the factors crucial to the operation of a good business: trust, the commitment to fostering the personal growth of employees, and the dedication to creating a product that helps mankind. Good Business is a must-listen for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business.
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There are three separate sections covered in this book. The first is how to keep your employees in their highest state of productivity which the author terms as 'flow'. The methods for doing this are fairly obvious - keep them challenged, feeling as part of a team and recognized for their achievements. The second section discusses the habits of leaders to show readers how they can learn their strengths, what to do with them and when to know that you're in the right/wrong job. I found this section to be the most interesting, but also much too short. The final section is about business ethics in that businesses should be contributing to society not harming it. A nice thought, but given the times, probably not very realistic. Overall I found this book to be satisfactory.

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Kurt Rees

Very well done. The narrator reminds me of Rod Sterling from "The Twilight Zone" so this is fun to listen to. The information is excellent. I will listen to this one again.

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Rod Yacko

It is essential to have a flow in today's business to maintain continuity and consistency. Flow, trust, committment and enjoying what we do is the core of successful business/ leader to keep employees interested to continue and increase their productivity.

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