Don, over at Leadership. Now. offers this post about one of my favorite books that I could never finish, called Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (a beefy 320 pages – too much for my ADD). It’s a great book and FLOW is a wonderful concept that all managers should know. The post is called, Get Good Work Flowing. Here is a snippet:
1 The experience usually occurs when they confront tasks they have a chance of completing
2 They are able to concentrate on what they´re doing"
Don lists 8 from the book, go check it out.
(BTW – This flowin’ water is the Rio Grande, in what is known as "the box," a segment between Espaniola and Taos that is popular for rafting. Parts can get to Cat IV.)
What is FLOW? I wrote about FLOW back in November. Here’s a bit of that post:
"Some descriptors of a Flow Experience
Work is going well, in an ecstatic state
I sit watching in a state of awe
Completely absorbed, completely focused
In this moment, life is full and happy
Happiness that comes from everyday activities
Relishing the moment
Happiness from the ongoing use of our skills and living in the present
At peace, serene, contributing something, making life more meaningful
Play, intensity, exhilaration, bliss
What is flow? Flow is what describes complete involvement, paying attention, reading feedback, and concentrating on the moment."
I think everyone has had a flow experience at some point in their career. The key is to identify the type of work and conditions that jazz you up and put you in the zone. Managers should do this for themselves and their team members.