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 www.lifesuccesslearning.com .
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