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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!
Take a look at the scandal-filled headlines, or just read a Dilbert comic strip about cubicle culture, and the message is clear: the business world is cutthroat, unethical and no fun. But here comes psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with a contrarian message. Work should be fun, and companies should care about something aside from the bottom line. Using examples such...
Published on 1 Mar 2004 by Rolf Dobelli

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3.0 out of 5 stars This is an interesting 'book'
Typical US book with endless repeating of the same message in different ways, ad tedium, with the occasional good piece of advice thrown in. You have to sit through a lot of repetitive anecdotes to get the message, which in itself, is interesting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Knowledge!, 1 Mar 2004
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Take a look at the scandal-filled headlines, or just read a Dilbert comic strip about cubicle culture, and the message is clear: the business world is cutthroat, unethical and no fun. But here comes psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi with a contrarian message. Work should be fun, and companies should care about something aside from the bottom line. Using examples such as clothing maker Patagonia and investment pioneer Sir John Templeton, Csikszentmihalyi makes a convincing case that profits must come after meaning. Patagonia, for instance, lets workers take surf breaks, and Templeton became a model of full engagement. We suggest this book to any manager seeking a better way to do things, and to any employee hankering for deeper job satisfaction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Work Makes You Happy, 22 April 2003
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Coert Visser "solutionfocusedchange.com" (Driebergen Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Although many people view work primarily negatively, it can actually contribute importantly to your well-being, more so than gaining more and more possessions. And because work is so important, it is vital that managers and employees create conditions in which good work can happen. But what is good work? It is enjoying doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself. Csikszentmihalyi explains how this can be achieved through two processes: 1) experiencing flow and 2) growth toward complexity. Managers and employees can do quite a lot to advance conditions of flow and complexity. The book contains a great framework, is well written and contains good examples. I think this is a wonderful book, which I probably would have liked even more if it had been still a bit more practical. Still, I recommend this book highly for anyone searching for ways to improve work and careers.
Coert Visser, m-cc.nl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Work Makes You Happy, 12 May 2003
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Coert Visser "solutionfocusedchange.com" (Driebergen Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Although many people view work primarily negatively, it can actually contribute importantly to your well-being, more so than gaining more and more possessions. And because work is so important, it is vital that managers and employees create conditions in which good work can happen. But what is good work? It is enjoying doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself. Csikszentmihalyi explains how this can be achieved through two processes: 1) experiencing flow and 2) growth toward complexity. Managers and employees can do quite a lot to advance conditions of flow and complexity. The book contains a great framework, is well written and contains good examples. I think this is a wonderful book, which I probably would have liked even more if it had been still a bit more practical. Still, I recommend this book highly for anyone searching for ways to improve work and careers.
Coert
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5.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH READING, 11 Jan 2014
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The book is composed of 3 parts:
Flow and Happiness, Flow and Organization, Flow and the Self.
The author writes well and clear, dealing with the important issues of Work, Business, Happiness.
I have appreciated the content of the book and the form.
My only reserve is about the concrete possibility to apply his concepts in Europe, in this period full of stress.
Nonetheless, well worth reading and meditating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is an interesting 'book', 28 Dec 2012
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Typical US book with endless repeating of the same message in different ways, ad tedium, with the occasional good piece of advice thrown in. You have to sit through a lot of repetitive anecdotes to get the message, which in itself, is interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Work Makes You Happy, 29 May 2003
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Coert Visser "solutionfocusedchange.com" (Driebergen Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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Although many people view work primarily negatively, it can actually contribute importantly to your well-being, more so than gaining more and more possessions. And because work is so important, it is vital that managers and employees create conditions in which good work can happen. But what is good work? It is enjoying doing your best while at the same time contributing to something beyond yourself. Csikszentmihalyi explains how this can be achieved through two processes: 1) experiencing flow and 2) growth toward complexity. Managers and employees can do quite a lot to advance conditions of flow and complexity. The book contains a great framework, is well written and contains good examples. I think this is a wonderful book, which I probably would have liked even more if it had been still a bit more practical. Still, I recommend this book highly for anyone searching for ways to improve work and careers.
Coert Visser
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