Updated: May 27, 2019
FLIGBY was created as a guide for conducting business that is both successful and humane. While most people enjoy working when it provides Flow, too few jobs are designed to make Flow possible. This is where management can make a real difference. For a manager or leader who truly cares about the bottom line, in the broadest sense of that term, the first priority is to eliminate the obstacles to Flow at all levels of the organization and to put in place practices and policies designed to make work meaningful and thus enjoyable.
When we are in the state of Flow, we perform at our peak. Not only do our productivity levels soar, but we also experience a deep sense of satisfaction. Work becomes a source of enjoyment.
Flow is being in the zone, getting into the groove – in other words, being in a totally optimal state for peak performance. It is that magical time when everything seems to come together – you become fully immersed in the activity, fears and insecurities melt away, action becomes spontaneous, and you feel fully alive and in the present moment.
Prof. Csikszentmihalyi’s term, “good business”, means a meaningful and enjoyable work environment, through which a business’ (or any organization’s) “balanced scorecard” improves, thereby contributing to healthier and more sustainable workplaces and societies at large.
The best way to manage people is to create an environment where employees find meaning in their work and grow while doing it. Organizations whose co-workers are happy are more productive, have a higher morale, and lower turnover.
“In creating one’s self, it makes sense to build on one’s strengths. Often, however, we don’t have good notion of what our talents are, because we have never had a chance to try them out. The more opportunities one is willing to explore, the better chances one has of discovering one’s strengths.”