Why is Flow important?
For a group to work effectively together, each person must understand how to be responsible for their level of flow. When everyone understands their needs more accurately in terms of challenge level, motivation and skill level, it becomes possible for collective intelligence to emerge.
How is Flow connected to collectively intelligent communication?
(Allison & Duncan, 1988; Carli et al., 1988; Csikszentmihalyi, 2013; Csikszentmihalyi & Csikzentmihaly, 1991; Csikszentmihalyi & Rathunde, 1993; Jonsson & Persson, 2006; Keller & Landhäußer, 2012; Moneta, 2012; Nakamura & Csikszentmihalyi, 2014; Novak et al., 1997; Ryan, 2019)
O. WHAT IS YOUR REFERENCE SITUATION OF COMMUNICATION?
Do you have one in mind?
Conflict prevention, handling, mediating & resolution.
Face to face live slides or hand-drawing doodles.
Speeches, pecha-kuchas or pitching in events.
Project reviews, weekly meetings and retros.
Co-creation, brainstorms and other collaborative sessions.
Publishing job applications, interviewing and on-boarding.
Supervisor reviews, career discussions and peer-feedback.
Team loyalty, on-boarding and wellness events.
Meetings, customer and public relations.
Problem-solving, planning and co-creation.
Proposals, agreements and contracts.
Emails, chats, reports and content production.
Expert interviews, co-creation and qualitative research.
Social media groups, meet-ups and get-togethers.
Seminars, conferences and exhibitions.
Reclamations, after-sales and maintenance.
Teaching, training and learning.
Managing, mentoring and coaching.
Board meetings, politics and general meetings.
Kick-offs, strategic planning and process development.
How can you use flow as an individual?
Use this quick self-evaluation of flow to help you to figure out if you need to take on more challenges or learn more skills. It’s an easy way to start taking extreme ownership of your own experience at work and avoid outsourcing your flow to others.
How can you use flow as a leader?
As a leader, facilitator or host, flow is a very interesting way to test your assumptions about how to handle each group. Draw the flow map on a flipchart or have it printed on a wall. Then ask each participant to show their flow position on the map with post-its. This gives you a quick overview of their experience. You can even do this without names to make it anonymous. If the majority of the group is bored it might be a sign to change the process, for example speeding up the meeting. When you do so-called “check-ins” to align participants at the beginning of your meetings or “check-outs” to reflect on how to improve your meeting, flow measure is a great tool.
Now that you know how to measure your flow in meetings, We invite you to reflect how much flow are you usually able to reach in your human interactions? If you don’t, why is it? Is it too much of a challenge? Too little competence or lack of motivation? This can be an interesting diagnostic tool to make your work more efficient, enjoyable and flowing.