Effortless, productive and fulfilled – what does that feel like?!
A few months ago I came across a new profiling tool – Talent Dynamics. It’s classed as a “business development pathway for accelerating trust and flow”.
It works on the principle that when you are using your true Talents others will trust you more because they know that you’re good at what you’re doing. Mihaly Csikszentmihaly* used the word ‘Flow’ to describe the creative moment when a person is completely involved in an activity for its own sake. Talent Dynamics has this idea of Flow at its heart. Flow arises when you’re feeling really good about what you’re doing in a given moment; feeling productive and fulfilled, doing what gives you energy yet feels effortless. When it’s at work, you’re even enjoying it so much that you’d probably do it for free if you didn’t have bills to pay. And you may be doing stuff that others find hard to do – yet for you it just comes naturally. And you do it well. Really well.
Intrigued, I wanted to find out more.
So I had my own profile done by a Talent Dynamics consultant. Very (uncannily) accurate yet it only took a few minutes to do. I then had the team profiled. Ditto. Lots of aha! moments. And as a result, we all took a long, hard look at our roles – and changed pretty much everything around as far as we could to make sure that each of us are using our Talents as much as possible in our work. Naturally in any role there are things we have to do that we may not do so well, even things we may not enjoy but cannot avoid doing.
Yet there’s often a lot that can be done to share the work out differently. For example, I’m just not brilliant at creating infrastructure. I can do it. But I’d much rather be out and about, engaging with people. Sophie on the other hand is terrific at infrastructure. She’s also good at engaging with people – she’s a little more balanced than I am.
Now we’re in Flow
In the past couple of months we’ve all been more in Flow than ever before. We found it’s our path of least resistance. And now we know what we each need to do to be more in Flow, we’re helping each other to do the same.
By understanding the value that we each can create, we’ve been more able to leverage this as a team; we simply feel like we’re breaking through the barriers to new heights. We’re more productive. More effective. We’ve also been able to identify and understand and address areas that can challenge us individually, and that can occasionally cause tensions between us and reduce productivity.
The possibilities for this tool are amazing. Imagine bigger teams, departments and whole organizations in this state, becoming more effortless, productive and fulfilled. Performing in a way and to a standard that sets new personal, team and organizational bests.
The missing link?
Over the last two and a half decades spent doing this work, I often felt that some of the profiling tools available to me as a coach and consultant lacked a real link to people’s spirits, energies and importantly, business performance. Yes they talked about the first two – but somehow for me they didn’t quite come alive. Just not pragmatic enough maybe. For me Talent Dynamics is answering the question of “what was the missing link?” It was two things – energy and action.
Needless to say, being a development addict, I had to train in it myself as a Flow Consultant so I could use it in my client work in coaching and with teams. And now others in the Coaching for Leaders team – and in our sister company the HR Consultancy Aspey Associates – are trained too.
I’m interested – what’s involved?
It takes just 5-10 minutes to complete an individual profile online. Then with one of our qualified Talent Dynamics Consultants you’ll go through the results. You can do this individually or with your team to understand more about yourself and each other, and how you can get things done in a way that increases Flow.
For teams we can map out the profiles and see where each person’s talents lie, and take a fresh look at the internal and external factors that impact on performance. And very practically, we’ll agree some very specific things you can do to improve personal and team Flow.
We’re happy to run a Taster Session for the whole team so they can begin to see where they add value and where they can leverage it more. You’ll quickly be able to identify which areas are least in Flow and develop a plan to address them in turn, for this team or the wider organization.
For more details just contact me, Linda Aspey at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be delighted to help you and your team find out what’s it like to be effortless, productive and fulfilled in your work.
* See Csikszentmihaly’s TED talk on Flow: http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html
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