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Are you a Hedgehog or a Fox?
Conscious Embodiment and Presence
Conscious Incompetence
Emotional Intelligence (book review)
Happiness at Work (book review)
"I turned my face for a moment ..."
In Praise of Ignorance
Limitation Celebration
Marhsall Goldsmith's Dream
On Valuing
Is Your Diary Out Of Control?
The One Thing You Need to Know
The Paradox of Choice
Parallel Worlds
Playing to our Strengths
Reflections on Being 50
Strengths, Weaknesses and Learned Behaviours
Telling Our Story
Time Management
What really makes people happy?
What is Success?
20 Things Leaders Need to Stop Doing!
What really makes people happy?

In his book Flow: The Classic Work on How to Achieve Happiness Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi answers this question by saying that happiness is not something that happens to us, nor is it the result of good fortune or random chance, nor does it depend on outside events: what it does depend on is how we interpret those outside events. What he noticed was that those experiences that people describe as being their happiest are those timeless moments when we are completely absorbed in what we are doing and when our performance is effortless and extraordinary - a state which he calls "Flow". What makes this book so exciting is its thesis that we can create the conditions of flow.

Put simply: if we can find or create situations where we feel that our skills are adequate to cope with the challenges at hand; where we have clear goals and feedback about how well we are achieving these goals; and where our concentration is so intense that there is no attention left over to think about anything else, or to worry about problems, then we are likely to experience flow. And then we will feel happy.

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