Why The Focus of Flow Can Improve Productivity

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In Fast Company Magazine the example of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi brilliant book on flow or transcendental focus without focusing applied. Focus then, becomes a method if you will of building employee engagement and productivity. Work without work. Innovation and discovery without the compliance. Creating in its wake empowering thought coming naturally because of trust. Note the aura of this writing on the subject in Fast Company: “Time becomes irrelevant, the water in the teakettle boils away, you forget where you are, so focused are you on the work you’re doing.”

Here are additional thoughts from the Fast Company article you can apply personally and organizationally for maximum impact now:


At the Gallup Organization, CEO Jim Clifton monitors flow by sending an email to more than 1,000 employees every single day, asking them to rank their positive energy level on a scale of one to five. “When someone hits a five, I assume they are in flow,” Clifton says. He can sort the results geographically by office to catch patches of entropy quickly.


Csikszentmihalyi’s research has shown that to achieve flow, you need consistent feedback. The best way to do that, simply put, is to care about your coworkers. The best way to measure flow, says Gallup’s Clifton, is to ask employees if they have a manager who loves them.

In Entrepreneur Magazine Jim Joseph writes:

Focus is a key tenant of any marketing plan.

Without focus, a marketing plan is all over the map. It lacks a mission and a purpose. It lacks a central objective that guides its every move. It lacks clarity and a specific call to action for the team.

Without focus, you don’t have an actionable marketing plan.

Related: Stop Offending Buyers: Dangerous Words and Phrases to Avoid in Sales

Truth be told, focus isn’t something you suddenly think about when you’ve completed your plan. It would be a lot of work to go back in and add focus at the end of your planning.

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