I.2.2 Getting into Groupflow
The process how individuals in an organization reach groupflow is laid out in Figure 2. Groupflow is achieved through a confluence of psychological and sociological processes. External stimuli get us to respond with a particular emotion. The way how we respond to an external stimulus is similarly influenced through the social network we are embedded in. This interaction can happen over long distances, using online social networks, e-mail, and other means of long-distance communication. Alternatively, it can also happen face-to-face. Through hidden subconscious “honest signals”, body language, word usage, and facial cues, individuals signal to each other their emotional state. This means that it is not just the network structure and network dynamics, but also the emotional tone that decides how a social network interaction will play out. In particular, individuals who consciously and correctly perceive their own emotional state as well as the one of their interaction partners, will be more effective collaborators, as frequently people are not aware of their own and others’ emotions.
The more I am with “others like me”, the happier and the more easily in flow I will be. In other words, the more similar to us the company is we keep, the more we feel at home. People will aggregate in “tribes”, which can be “face-to-face” communities, but also virtual tribes, groups of people virtually connected over the Internet based on shared values. People in the same tribe have similar morals and ethics, and respond to the same external stimulus with the same emotion. Aggregating in tribes, they become entangled. Entangled people thus share similar values and interests. The more entangled they are, the higher the likelihood that they will reach the state of groupflow. Collaboration between fully entangled people does not need many words, as entangled people intuitively know what their collaborators are thinking and doing. When collaborating in groupflow, the team will reach a state of collective consciousness where communication and collaboration are innate, without the need for external coordination. When a team reaches the state of groupflow, its members will be in a condition of happiness and elation, immensely enjoying their collaboration while producing superior results.
Figure 3 describes the pillars which are essential for individuals and teams to reach groupflow.