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The Little Book of Big Decision Models by Dr. Jim McGrath

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MODEL 28

CSIKSZENTMIHALYI’S FLOW MODEL AND THE JOY OF WORKING IN ‘THE ZONE’

Use this when you need to produce your best work or when you wish to enhance your enjoyment of work.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an American psychologist, noted that while people wanted to be happy they had little understanding of what actually made them content. They ran after acclaim, fame, money and a hundred other things that they thought would make them happy only to find that when they achieved it they remained dissatisfied.

Following research with over a thousand participants, Csikszentmihalyi identified five factors which, if present in a person’s work, make them feel happy.

THE FIVE FACTORS ARE CONTAINED ACTIVITIES:

1. that require an intense focus;

2. where ...

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