Group Flow: Unlock the Secret to Your Team's Creativity, Peak Performance and Happiness

In our hyper-connected, meeting heavy and fast-paced world of work, crowded calendars and competing demands leave many feeling like they are spending a lot of energy and not getting much done. Individual team members often crave the opportunity to get into an individual state of distraction-free hyper focus and creativity.

But the nature of our world today tends to involve highly collaborative endeavors. The complex problems we are called on to solve frequently require working with others and engaging in frequent and intense creative collaboration. Stealing away time for distraction-free focus to enter the individual flow state isn’t always easy.

This raises the question: Can a team or a group collaborate and still achieve flow collectively?

Join me for this interactive session, where we take a closer look at Flow, understand its benefits and learn how to tap into this optimal state of being to unlock the secret to your team's creativity, peak performance and happiness.

 
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Outline/Structure of the Talk

SESSION OUTLINE:

CONNECTION:

00:00 - 00:02 - Video of Individual in Flow state
00:02 - 00:04 - Introduce myself (speaker)
00:04 - 00:05 - Introduce questions that will be addressed during the talk

CONCEPT:

00:05 - 00:09 - What is flow state? What is happening when we are in flow state?

CONCRETE PRACTICE:

00:09 - 00:12 - Table Discussion: Discuss some ingredients for flow state and Inhibitors of flow.
00:12 - 00:15 - Debrief - Share.

CONCEPT:

00:15 - 00:16 - Collaboration - inhibitor of individual flow or is it?

CONCRETE PRACTICE:

00:16 - 00:32 - Play Ball Point Game to experience group Flow

CONCEPT

00:32 - 00:35 - Examples of flow state for creative collaboration
00:35 - 00:37 - Ingredients for group flow - Asynchronous & Synchronous Flow

CONCRETE PRACTICE:

00:37 - 00:40 - Table Discussion: patterns and practices in Scrum and Kanban that lend to group flow.
00:40 - 00:43 - Debrief / Share

CONCLUSION:

00:43 - 00:44 - Conclusion summarizing key take-aways
00:44 - 00:45 - References for flow

Learning Outcome

  • Understand Flow State and its benefits
  • Experience what it means to be in group Flow
  • Identify the ingredients for Asynchronous and Synchronous Group Flow
  • Recognize the patterns in Scrum and Kanban that help groups achieve Flow

Target Audience

Anyone doing collaborative work

Prerequisites for Attendees

Experience working on a team

Basic knowledge of Scrum and Kanban

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  • Oana Juncu
    By Oana Juncu  ~  1 week ago
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    Hi Anjali,

    Thank you for your submission , I think flow is a very important topic to make teams and individual thrive, and we don't address it yet enough in Agile conferences.

    Using The ball point game to demonstrate flow is a smart approach. I would like to ask you what happens if someone in the team does not feel in the flow during the game? Do you have a specific way to play it to assure that all participants experience the flow state ?

    Also, the content is dense and  your timing is impressive at minute level, as you seem to have a lot of experience with this talk, could you share with us how does timekeeping work for you? 

    Regards,

    Oana

    • Anjali D leon
      By Anjali D leon  ~  1 week ago
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      Oana,

      Thanks for taking the time to review my submission.

      In facilitating this game several times in classes and during this type of session, there have occasionally been times when a group do not experience flow, and it is a great opportunity to debrief how Group Flow requires things like commitment, focus, one team mindset, competence on the activity etc. 

      In terms of the timing, I know it is pretty tight as the game takes a significant portion.  I have done this in a 60 minute timeslot and it worked very well.  In a 45 minute timeslot, I did land on time but it felt tight.   I will likely trim a little of the talk before the ball point game.

      Please let me know if you have additional questions.

       

      • Oana Juncu
        By Oana Juncu  ~  1 week ago
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        Hi Anjali,

        thank you for your answer. I feel that true learning needs time, and I would recommend to let more time for reflection and conclusion ( which is barely one minute)

        would that work for you?

        kind regards,

        Oana

        • Anjali D leon
          By Anjali D leon  ~  6 days ago
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          Thank you for that valuable perspective. I have learned the value of reflection to digest and deepen the learning.

          The time for reflection and insight will come during the concrete practice and debrief 00:37 - 00:43.  The last two minutes are for take-away summary for the attendees (based on my learnings to date).


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