Executives reported being five times more productive …

… when in a state of “flow,” according to our ten-year study of more than 5,000 leaders. The late Hungarian–American psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi described flow as a special state of mind that arises from being so engaged in an activity that time and ego seem to melt away. In short, whether playing a musical instrument, solving a problem, or running a race, it’s a state of peak

performance. Csikszentmihalyi discovered that people who regularly achieve flow are more productive and satisfied in their work. Leaders seeking to generate flow in the workplace should focus on three elements: clearly understanding roles and objectives, having trusted and respectful colleagues, and performing work that matters.

Source: McKinsey.com, November 2021

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