Dr. Judith Glick-Smith has been studying flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership for several years. It was during a conversation with her brother-in-law, (a former battalion chief of a Virginia fire rescue department) when she realized that he had all of the characteristics of flow in his decision-making in his line of work. In 2011, when she needed to select a topic for her doctoral dissertation in Transformative Studies, she honed in on flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service industry.
Her story however, isn’t solely about her research and education with flow-based leadership. Back in the 80s Judith owned a technical writing company in Dallas, Texas and had 25 people working for her and she was an IT consultant. She witnessed many bad decisions made in IT at the leadership level and then when 9/11 hit, her business went bottoms up. That’s when she decided to go back to school to learn more about psychology and study decision-making from the angle of quantum physics, and anything that would quantify better decision making in the workplace. It was then when she truly learned all the ins and outs regarding the concept of flow.
The feeling of being “in the zone,” is often referred to in the field of positive psychology as “the flow.” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian-American psychologist is recognized and named the psychological concept of flow. Judith says “Flow promotes productivity and people who are able to work in flow are five times more productive. Flow is that feeling you get when you’re doing what you love. You kind of lose your sense of time. You’re concentrating on the task at hand, to the exclusion of everything else around you, some people call it being in the zone, it’s the same thing.”
This week on Trusted Counsel’s podcast show “In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century,” we interview Judith Glick-Smith, Ph.D. She is the author of Flow-Based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Could Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions. She is also the founder and CEO of MentorFactor, Inc. and is the Executive Director of The Center for Flow-based Leadership. She is a recognized expert on flow-based decision making and flow-based leadership.
Whether you are in the fire service industry or not, the book referenced above is a terrific roadmap for leaders in any organization in which decisions must be made in chaotic, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations.
During the course of the podcast, entrepreneurs, business owners and C-level executives will learn:
- About flow and why it's important
- Characteristics of flow
- The idea of making better decisions when your team is in a flow state
- What you can do right now to maximize your flow state
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