by Greg Hertzke, co-founder and CEO
about a 7 minute read
Why do we care so much about driving more people towards the path of meaningful work?
Sounds like a simple concept but it is quite possibly life's toughest quest for the overwhelming majority. We like big challenges.
If we wake up with a sense of anticipation for the problems we get to attack that day, our work is the driver for sustainable growth in every other aspect of life. But -- for far too many of us, the overwhelming majority in fact -- our work is the driver of anxiety, boredom, apathy and depression. It is too often the driver of declining health.
To understand why work is causing such heartache for so many is to understand the power of a collective imbalance of cortisol.
The end of unwanted staff turnover?
The end of unwanted staff turnover?
When the individual life is optimized for flow, you are personally flourishing. When the entire organization's company culture is optimized around the 17 proven drivers of this powerful state of mind, you are collectively thriving.
This research/survey/education tool is all about helping you and your organization find an even better innovation rhythm.
It is time to explore the hidden causes of --- and eliminate --- the culture-killing/budget-killing/product-delaying "I'm taking the offer from our biggest competitor" email. Ouch, don't those feel like monster punch to the gut?!?! This is all about helping you create the environment that prevents the gut punch from ever hitting your inbox again.
Maybe staff turnover isn't your culture problem but you do feel a sense of apathy seeping into surprising corners of the organization? This survey can spot the drivers of that culture killer too. This is about helping you find the rhythm of collective growth.
TEST the actual experience now and see how easy it will be for your team to answer the questions on just about any device. Well, almost any device .... we don't have a print and fax option right now. :)
In our world of increasing distractions, this research is centered around finding new ways to help your team focus and optimize their worlds around what they do best - work together to attack and solve important problems and create the unimaginable. Cheers to an even smoother climb.
Because designing your routines, crafts, & workplaces around the proven drivers of optimal experience actually drives ...
the individual intrinsic motivation to hop out of bed Monday through Sunday. Which drives ...
better teammates (assholes aren't allowed in a world of optimized group flow, we have a number of questions to help you find out if there are hidden assholes that are holding back innovation). Better communication, and better trust among colleagues drives ...
consistently high morale & mission passion (a constant theme of the survey). What happens when every individual can clearly link their daily routines to the big picture mission of the organization?
a consistently growing knowledge base & widening skill-set. Which drives ...
optimal organization-wide creativity, innovation, & teamwork. Which drives ...
unbeatable products & customer service. Which drives ...
very loyal long-term, passionate, trusting, customers that can't stop gushing about your team and products to their friends. What does 1 thru 8 all drive?!?
Our favorite book on the power of optimizing our lives and our work around the flow state of mind - Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience - written by the pioneer researcher on the subject.
At Canvita, we have a "small" goal: We simply want to teach 1 billion people how to correctly pronounce his name!
More importantly, this goal is about helping as many people as possible understand how to better utilize & fully integrate this proven science into our daily routines - routines that will boost both our work & our lives away from our craft.
We look forward to helping every person in your organization understand this science like they do the alphabet. It is that important.
- Steven Kotler - The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance
The new end of day simple ritual for organizations and individuals with big inspiring missions. Isn't it time to STOP staring at clocks and time to START measuring our crafts around the creative cycle & our collective sustained well-being?
How are we tracking our daily climb? The ups and downs of how we feel about our work? If our organization is dependent on innovation and creativity, are we measuring the best metrics? Are we optimizing creativity around the science of optimal experience? Are we optimizing our daily rituals?
Can we do all this in less than 2 minutes to cap the day and use the powerful accumulated data to help our individual crafts grow and our teams flourish?? Can we help great people become even better artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, etc...?
Our mission and our canvas extends beyond our quantified culture products - the QC Survey and the Daily WHY Chart (coming soon). As students of the history and future of meaningful work, we look forward to sharing our podcast (The Evolving World of Work Podcast) and our blog (The Canvita Life) and with you.
The blog started with essays from Greg, but we look forward to expanding the blog to include the research and essays from many more writers along with news, book reviews, case studies and much, much more. The podcast will take the long-form discussion to learn from the artists creating the future of work.
We will explore the many topics related to the new era of work with the leading psychologists, scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, writers, political leaders, community leaders, etc.
We will talk about the hidden struggles and explore the new paths that the most ambitious of entrepreneurs and artists are undertaking. We will talk about their innovation and the resulting opportunities that suddenly open up from that innovation. We will talk about the best companies and how they create amazing cultures around their artists.
Yes, the bots are going to eat many - maybe even the majority - of the jobs that we know today. We are determined to find the solutions during this transition. Why?
Because -- at our core -- we are not workerbots. When we don't have to operate the machines, we get to be more human.
We are passionate students of the art and science of optimal experience. Here are just some of the researchers, entrepreneurs, authors, and overall amazing artists that we love most...
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Daniel Kahneman, Chip Conley, Kelly McGonigal, Abraham Maslow, Viktor Frankl, Frederic Laloux, Steven Kotler, Martin Seligman, Brené Brown, Tal Ben-Shahar, Jane McGonical, Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, Richard Branson, Susan Cain, Ed Catmull, Simon Sinek, Steven Pressfield, Seth Godin and many, many more.
Their work inspired the QC Survey & the WHY Chart key metrics and our own culture and business model at Canvita.
Their work inspired our WHY.
Check out Greg's detailed blog post below about the reasons to build our quantified culture tools after years of living in the gray areas of work and life himself. Those struggles and failures led to a passion for learning from the many leaders of the science of optimal experience and sustained happiness at work.