The Need for Organizational Flow

OnFlow is a holistic design framework that, systematically applied, will ensure an organization is wired to connect and inspire people so they can thrive on change.

An ever-expanding volume of material on how to design high performing organizations already exists. A key challenge is working out what best suits your organization, and how to put it into practice. This is especially challenging given that many longer established management practices have become less applicable in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) context.

OnFlow defines all the conditions needed if people – individually and collectively – are to experience heightened creativity, increased performance and accelerated problem solving (the benefits associated with Flow).

The concept of OnFlow is in many ways analogous to that of “Flow” pioneered by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (famous for his work on positive psychology). Flow is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where an individual is fully immersed in what they are doing, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill. For further insights into the state of flow, watch this YouTube review of his book, The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
FlowCsikszentmihalyi’s flow model, depicting mental state in terms of challenge level and skill model.