High Performance Teams

High Performance Teams

Research links high team performance to group flow

Even the most stellar individuals don't automatically make a high performing team unless they perform well together. Group flow is the peak experience of team performance. This magical chemistry is rare, but several researchers report that groups in flow are consistently the highest performers. Group flow is especially useful when facing a lot of change, because it helps teams adapt quickly, making them more resilient.


In flow, an entire group performs in perfect harmony, communicating without language and generating the energy to overcome obstacles. Researchers (including Keith Sawyer, who studied with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - the psychologist who coined the term ‘flow’ for individual performance) study the conditions for this state. The belief was that you couldn’t plan for or create group flow and assumed the best you could do was the create conditions and hope it happened.


Somewhat accidentally, through my 20 years of rigorous mindfulness and somatics study, I discovered techniques that create group flow. These make up my Mindfulness 3.0™ toolkit which is at the heart of my process for improving team performance. These advanced practices gives teams a competitive edge by deliberately cultivating group flow with insights from research and techniques from the emerging field of somatics.


Research links high team performance to group flow

Even the most stellar individuals don't automatically make a high performing team unless they perform well together. Group flow is the peak experience of team performance. This magical chemistry is rare, but several researchers report that groups in flow are consistently the highest performers. Group flow is especially useful when facing a lot of change, because it helps teams adapt quickly, making them more resilient.


In flow, an entire group performs in perfect harmony, communicating without language and generating the energy to overcome obstacles. Researchers (including Keith Sawyer, who studied with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi - the psychologist who coined the term ‘flow’ for individual performance) study the conditions for this state. The belief was that you couldn’t plan for or create group flow and assumed the best you could do was the create conditions and hope it happened.


Somewhat accidentally, through my 20 years of rigorous mindfulness and somatics study, I discovered techniques that create group flow. These make up my Mindfulness 3.0™ toolkit which is at the heart of my process for improving team performance. These advanced practices gives teams a competitive edge by deliberately cultivating group flow with insights from research and techniques from the emerging field of somatics.


You have probably heard of mindfulness – a set of tools to reduce stress and increase focus to improve performance. In our culture, mindfulness has evolved in stages:


Mindfulness 1.0 was for personal development. Some people traded the pressures of daily life to commit to mindfulness practice for an extended period.

Mindfulness 2.0 brings these practical tools into your day-to-day work for stress reduction, productivity and performance. Google popularized Mindfulness 2.0 in their program “Search Inside Yourself,” which helps develop emotional intelligence to support team performance and collaboration.


Mindfulness 3.0™ develops full body alert awareness in coordinated action with others. You are not sitting on a cushion alone visualizing success. You are living it in the moment, aware of the entire field around you. You are able to respond quickly to changing situations before they become visible to the naked eye, like an expert surfer sensing the waves long before anyone else can see them.


With a strong capacity to sense the whole playing field, you build a powerful bridge from individual performance to coherent team action. Mindfulness 3.0 is your key to top team performance with tools from applied science and the emerging field of somatics.

When your team is in group flow, communication happens in a more immediate way without the need for language, people work together much more efficiently, and you have a higher level of trust and increased energy.


Whether you have experienced this harmony on a team, or the idea is new to you, Mindfulness 3.0™ can improve your team's performance. What new opportunities will this create for you?


You have probably heard of mindfulness – a set of tools to reduce stress and increase focus to improve performance. In our culture, mindfulness has evolved in stages:


Mindfulness 1.0 was for personal development. Some people traded the pressures of daily life to commit to mindfulness practice for an extended period.

Mindfulness 2.0 brings these practical tools into your day-to-day work for stress reduction, productivity and performance. Google popularized Mindfulness 2.0 in their program “Search Inside Yourself,” which helps develop emotional intelligence to support team performance and collaboration.


Mindfulness 3.0™ develops full body alert awareness in coordinated action with others. You are not sitting on a cushion alone visualizing success. You are living it in the moment, aware of the entire field around you. You are able to respond quickly to changing situations before they become visible to the naked eye, like an expert surfer sensing the waves long before anyone else can see them.


With a strong capacity to sense the whole playing field, you build a powerful bridge from individual performance to coherent team action. Mindfulness 3.0 is your key to top team performance with tools from applied science and the emerging field of somatics.

When your team is in group flow, communication happens in a more immediate way without the need for language, people work together much more efficiently, and you have a higher level of trust and increased energy.


Whether you have experienced this harmony on a team, or the idea is new to you, Mindfulness 3.0™ can improve your team's performance. What new opportunities will this create for you?


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