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SBS BROADCASTING SENDS TV CREW
TO INTERVIEW GENIE ABOUT FLOW
One Hour Documentary
On June 1, a Korean TV crew arrived in Palo Alto to shoot a one hour
documentary on Flow Energy in Business. SBS Broadcasting covers news in
Europe and Asia. This documentary is similar to and a local version of
"60 Minutes." Since Flow is one of my favorite subjects, I filled out
their shooting schedule with lots of my Board Members and supporters
who experience these Flow states as part of their business day. About
10 of these people sat on a panel in the IDEA board room and discussed
their personal experiences with the Flow State. The camera man was busy
catching all the comments. Then I demonstrated to the Producer and the
Local Coordinator for SBS how to enter this peak performance state by
using three VAK triggers. Fast shift. These demos were filmed and the
Producer plans to use these in the documentary. I also made arrangements
for the TV crew (in Washington DC) to film Bob Pearson who is a former
Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador. He attended a recent
seminar and spends a good bit of time in the Flow state. The
documentary will be shown in Korea on June 24. We have been promised
DVD copies. Flow may be the Flavor of the Summer. I hope so.
Pictured above: Seungju
interviews Genie at her Palo Alto offices. Between them is Joon
Nak Choi, the local coordinator for SBS Broadcasting, and a student at
Stanford University. He served as a model for Genie's exercise on
the Flow Elevator. The Producer was also taught to enter flow
with established triggers. At the right is the Videographer, Lee Won Sik.
Sang-Eun Kim of SBS Broadcasting with Ambassador Robert Pearson who was interviewed for the documentary
Paul Charlton, Genie, Mike, Tara
The TV crew from Korea is the most talked about event of this month at
our business. To me it seemed a long trip for the Producer, Seungju
Lee, and the Camera Man, Lee Won Sik, to make in order to discuss Flow
in Business and in Happiness. Since Flow is the energy state that I
enjoy the most, I was delighted to have a chance to discuss it with
people who are interested. The fact that a camera was filming the
conversation added a little spice. I became very aware of the power of
the editing crew. Some of the insights that our panel of experts
supplied are so useful that I do hope they make it across the cutting
room floor. One experienced engineer and talented photographer, Wylie
Harter, mentioned that he often solved a problem in Flow but continued
to look for a better solution because the pleasure of the Flow state
made him reluctant to leave it. I learned that one doesn't enter Flow
unless you are engaged in a task that you enjoy. The ten people on the
panel had many similar experiences of the Flow state and some
differences. IDEA will have DVDs of the one hour documentary in July.
It also contains an interview with Mihaly Cseikzentmihalyi who wrote
the book,"Flow: The Optimum Experience". Good book. Well researched. We
all enjoyed the shoot. Flow flowed.
Participants in the Panel videotaped by SBS at the I.D.E.A. offices in Palo Alto
- Dr. Mike Mandella, Stanford University
- Wylie Harter, CEO, Engineer, Photographer
- Paul Charlton, Intuit, Entrepreneur, Consultant
- Jerry Brown, CEO, Entrepreneur, Engineer
- Mike Rossi, CEO, Entrepreneur, Engineer
- Eliane Fiolet, Graphic Artist, Ubergizmo
- Tara Martin-Milius, CEO, Educator, UCSC Extension
- Mike Knych, Executive, Asset Management Company
- Mike Hulme, v.p. Marketing and Sales, I.D.E.A.
Also attending but not interviewed were Jesus Cortez, of Kaiser
Permanente, who chose not to be interviewed, and Liling Xia, who arrived after the panel interviews were completed.
Both Jesus and Liling are Flow experts.
Interviewed in Washington DC (by Sang Eun Kim, Overseas Coordinator for
SBS Broadcasting) was Ambassador Robert Pearson (former Assistant
Secretary of State).
Interviewed in Philadelphia, (also by Sang Eun Kim) Mihaly Cseikzentmihalyi, author of "Flow: The Optimum Experience"
Energy At Work
Excerpted from Infinite Energy Not Luck
by Genie Z. Laborde, Ph.D.
Syntony Publishing, Fall 2007
No? They why do so
many men die soon after retirement? It may be that their energy runs dry in retirement.
Earlier we selected the definition of energy from the Handbook of Physics and Chemistry:
the capability of doing work. You may have noticed we have
meaning of work to include play. Infinite energy could be defined
as the capability to keep yourself
entertained, enthralled, and in joy. Infinite Energy is available
at work, at play, and in retirement. You just have to know how to
tap into the
infinite well. At work. After work.
The first step is recognizing you are not your job. You are more
than your job. You have a life’s purpose, people to love
and people who love you. You are not
The second step is to use the right energy for each and
every task of your workday. Survival
energy for aggressive, defensive
maneuvers, such as getting to work on time by subway. Emotional energy for teamwork, for job satisfaction, for
confidence, for completion of projects.
Intellectual for analysis and logic.
Flow for creative problem solving.
third step is to stay in flow as much as possible. How much depends on the type of job. Do not use flow on the
subway. Do not use emotional in your regional managers meeting. Do not
use survival to problem solve. To stay
in flow, you may need to remove some barriers to this high energy state.
What Panel Members Said to Increase
Your Understanding of Flow
A Condensation of Panel Discussion
- You must be doing something you like to move to Flow energy
- Tara Martin-Milius
- Once inside the Flow State, one is reluctant to leave
- Wylie Harter
- Do not write checks in Flow
- Genie Z. Laborde
- Flow State can be entered without knowing it exists
- extracted and paraphrase of comment by Eliane Fiolet
- Flow State is a self-healing state
- Mike Knych
- Koreans have noticed that people who use Flow are happier than most.
- Mr. Seung ja Lee
- I only hire people who work in Flow
- Paul Charlton
- Surprising, the accounts of Flow are so similar.
- Mike Hulme
Tara Martin-Milius, Genie Z. Laborde, and Mike Hulme
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