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100+ Management Models by Piet Hein Coebergh, Fons Trompenaars

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Model 8: Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1975)

Problem statement

When do people feel most happy in their work?

Essence

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is one of the founders and leaders of positive psychology. He investigates how people can become happier, rather than merely treating mental illness. He was the first to systematically research the emotional phenomenon of intrinsic motivation when individuals are engaged in a skilful activity. He interviewed chess players, dancers, rock climbers, surgeons, painters and musicians and found that the psychology associated with each activity was remarkably similar across all domains. He termed this optimal ...

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