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Keep the team flow flowing

I am still hiding and writing this week, although I have moved to Wyuna Bay (Coromandel Peninsula), where I have my own private beach (see video below), and the added bonus of wifi, phone connection. I extended my stay because I didn't want to break my flow.

Positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes flow as “a state of complete immersion in an activity. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one. Our whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost. " And, flow has great mental health benefits, including: improved emotional regulation, motivation, skill development, creativity, and it simply just makes us feel good. (And thanks Dr Sean O'Connor for the passion with which you teach this topic at Sydney Uni)

Flow happens in teams too. Think of sports teams or orchestra's. And collective team flow is immensely powerful. I often see and experience team flow in team coaching sessions, where all are in sync, feeding from one another, highly creative, contributing equally, and the concept of time seems irrelevant.

So, in a team context, when you feel flow, let it flow. Don't stick strictly to the agenda, or rush of to another meeting, instead harness the power being created right there and then.

If you would like to talk more about flow and/or how it plays out in team coaching please get in touch.


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