25 Years Jubilee: Super Bowl, Flow, Creativity & You!

25 years ago, 1993, in February, a set of rather extraordinary and important events happened. Many people have been inspired to creativity by the ideas of Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. But only a few people know that the widespread use of the Flow theory is the result of “an unusual association. In 1993 Jimmy Johnson, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, showed the…

It’s difficult to be a leader alone

Being a leader is a very complex role. Especially in our time, when leaders would be required to know enough to support the team they are leading – says Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the video below: They should know the needs of different minorities, like women, children, people with special needs etc. They should be able to…

Body & Mind – Flow & Leadership – Your Success!

On Prof. Buzady’s “New trends in Leadership” course we always had the body-mind-success theme trilogy to highlight and to exercise the connection between ‪wellness‬ and ‪leadership‬. This theme is now also the focus of a HBR article: We have forgotten that organizations are first and foremost places of human interaction, not justtransaction. Research shows that our greatest need…

Virtues, Happiness, Flow and Joy – The Moral Bucket List

The New York Times Sunday Review published David Brooks’ writing “The Moral Bucket List”. He is setting the context by: ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny…

A Sustainable Business Maverick

Dr. Michael Crooke – Achieving Spectacular Results with Flow-Based Leadership Many famous individuals have been so inspired by Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow and his Good Business concepts that they gave him credit for some spectacular successes achieved by putting the Flow concept into practice. One of the most remarkable is Dr. Michael Crooke (MC, as he likes to be called),…

The Circle of Flow

The “Circle of Flow” shows the many-fold, life-long impacts of value-based leadership. The starting as well as the end-point is Csikszentmihalyi’s landmark Flow theory, the inexhaustible fount of outstanding individual and organizational achievements. As we proceed along life’s “circular flow”, a broad new vista emerges. From observers we become decision-makers, who will more and more experience…

Csikszentmihalyi’s Good Business – Flow and Leadership

Professor Csikszentmihalyi’s Good Business is more than a bestseller book. It’s rather a guide for anyone who values the positive contributions of individuals in the changing world of business. Prof. Csikszentmihalyi, who introduced the concept of “Flow”, extends its application in his book “Good Business” to the role of business in society. Csikszentmihalyi describes “Good Business” as a guidance for…

Value-based Leadership

To be an effective manager/leader is undeniably complex. One must simultaneously perform well in multiple dimensions and reconcile contradictory issues: the urgent with the important, quantity with quality, operational with strategic decisions, the short-run with the long-run, and so on. However, beyond these important dilemmas lies one incontrovertible fact: today, effective leadership depends not just…

About the tragedy of choice

The other day I came across with Michael Crooke, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Robert Bikel article titled Leadership in a Complex World: How to Manage ‘‘The Tragedy of Choice’’  (Organizational Dynamics, Volume 44, Issue 2, April–June 2015, Pages 146–155). The article states no less than: “even when a company is committed to its core values, tension between values…