How Can You Get ‘In The Zone’?


Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi once lamented that society has plenty of one-minute managers and not enough 100-year managers.

Aside from deep witticisms about leadership and a famously difficult-to-pronounce surname (it’s pronounced “Cheeks sent me high”) he is most renowned as the developer of the concept of ‘Flow’.

Flow is a mental state in which a person, in the process of an activity, is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus and full involvement. You’re ‘in the zone’.

It happens sometimes by random chance and it’s a powerfully productive state. What can leaders do to promote it within themselves and their teams?

Flow results from activities in which you’re already highly skilled but you’re on the edge of that competence, experiencing high-challenge. We currently have plenty of the ‘high-challenge’ bit. What organisations have to do, now more than ever, is maintain and develop that ‘high skill’ bit. Training is obviously one path (and as a seller of my own services as a trainer, I agree with me on that). But, with conditions uncertain and changing underfoot, an essential addition to training specific technical and people skills, is upping your people’s ability to learn how to learn. How are you doing that? leadingteams virtualcoaching leadershipdevelopment

I’m trialling a self-directed course I’ve developed on personal effectiveness. One of the ten lessons within it is on resilience, a critical element of which is increasing our time when we’re in a state of flow. You get all five of my books (in eBook format) when you sign up. If that sounds of interest, you can learn more at .

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About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on June 29, 2020, in Employee Engagement. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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