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Flow States, Leadership -- and Storytelling

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Think of the last time you were completely immersed in a particular activity. You lost track of time; your concentration was at its maximum; it was instantly clear what to do next and how; all the…

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 7, 12:07 PM

Here's a quick, but really good article on the significance of flow states and improved leadership.

 

What's a flow state? As the author Evan Sinar says, it's "total absorption in the task at hand; the task taking precedence over everything else, and actively working on the task itself becomes its own reward."

 

We've all had these types of experiences where we are 'in the zone' and we lose sense of time. Productivity and creativity soars when we are in a flow state.

 

Sinar discusses why flow states for leadership are important, companies who are focusing on this as part of their leadership development, and how to set up flow state experiences.

 

Here's my addition -- for years I've noticed that when a person is immersed in telling a story, it's actually inducing a little mini-flow state. The higher the risk (i.e. a big presentation), the more intense the flow state.

 

The more you develop your storytelling skills,  you are actually at the same time building your flow state muscles. The more you experience flow states, the easier it is to trigger them. 

 

Pretty neat, huh?

 

Story on and get into flow!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 8, 7:42 PM
To be fully engaged in what one is doing is essential. Time appears to stand still in those moments. Educating is leading, thus pedagogy/andragogy, which also involve leading, can involve flow.
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Breaks Are Good For Business

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Leadership- you must talk the walk. There are big benefits to structured breaks. Employees refresh and recharge, they're more creative, focussed & engaged.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2014 12:29 PM

Breaks are healthy. It is actually on breaks from "real work" that many breakthroughs happen. Students benefit from these when done well.

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4 Strategies That Inspire Creativity

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The experience of the greatest of the Medici patrons shows how true creativity blooms.

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6 ways to instill Creativity in your Company

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Forget perfection: accept failure, move quickly and combine unlikely bedfellows. By Ken Mungan, Chairman of the Board, Milliman    

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Daniel Tremblay's curator insight, November 25, 2016 7:57 AM
D'excellentes pistes pas facile à appliquer dans un contexte gouvernemental (le droit à l'erreur ou la culture de l'innovation) par exemple. L'implantation de l'agilité est une "journey" en soi. Crowdsourcing? Pas certain qu'on soit rendu là! 

 Not so easy to adopt those 6 ways in a government agency... Lots of resistance from all levels...
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Why Strategic Planning is So Hard for Creative People - Productive Flourishing

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"Strategic planning is hard for creative people, but not for the reasons most people think."

   

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...Our holistic success depends on us actually finishing things.
    
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 20, 2013 11:37 AM

Ready, aim, fire is about beginnings, not about successful completion.  Progress is not completing. With creativity, the author laments, you're never really done.


Also check out the GOALS post on the Talent and Performance Development stream here:

Why Goal Setting Doesn't Work


I'd say, that is the adventure and beauty of it.  It's also the burden of expection to be in tension in order to get the job done.  ~  Deb

simondcollins's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:13 AM

Good points for Heads.