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Flow Research Collective Radio is a podcast dedicated to helping you unlock the upper edge of your potential. Join New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective, Rian Doris as they attempt to decode the science of peak performance and flow with world leading experts on the topic.

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Flow Research Collective Radio is a podcast dedicated to helping you unlock the upper edge of your potential. Join New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler and Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective, Rian Doris as they attempt to decode the science of peak performance and flow with world leading experts on the topic.

    Building a High-Flow Culture: Insights from Team Exos and Steven Kotler

    Building a High-Flow Culture: Insights from Team Exos and Steven Kotler

    Data from Gallup reveals disengaged employees cost the economy an estimated $1.9 trillion in lost productivity last year. Improving well-being is crucial but challenging. This is where flow states come in, overhauling mental health and positively impacting leadership and team dynamics.

    Creating a high-flow organization relies on culture as much as individual hires. By encouraging a flow-friendly culture, companies can boost motivation, creativity, and productivity. Companies like Toyota, Patagonia, and Exos have succeeded by embedding flow-centric values.Tune in to hear senior leaders from Exos , Steven Kotler, and Dr. Sarah Sarkis discuss integrating peak performance science into corporate culture.



    Guest Bios:

    Sarah Robb O’Hagan(SRO): Sarah Robb O’Hagan took the helm as CEO of Exos in 2020. She’s leading Exos' transformation from predominantly gym-based services to a fully omnichannel performance programs and coaching platform. Prior to Exos, she served as CEO of Flywheel, global president of Equinox and Gatorade, and held leadership roles at iconic brands like Virgin and Nike.



    Greg Hill: 

    Greg Hill has been with Exos since 2020 as the company’s chief people officer. By advocating for and supporting the development of Exos team members, he leads people operations, talent acquisition, and culture development. Exos’ culture has been recognized as a certified Great Place to Work and Best Employer in Sports by Front Office Sports.



    Amanda Carlson-Phillips: 

    Amanda leads the Exos performance innovation team, bringing cutting-edge solutions to clients and pioneering the human performance industry for almost 20 years. She joined Exos in 2003 and holds a master’s degree in sports/clinical nutrition and exercise physiology.



    In this episode:

    0:00 Introduction

    5:11 Burnt Out

    8:30 The Solution Started with an Epic Fail

    15:12 Initial Skepticism and Overcoming Doubts

    20:03 Giving Yourself Over to Science

    26:00 Can You Be a High-Performing Organization and Not Kill Your Employees?

    32:31 Creating a Readiness Culture Code

    45:31 Flow’s Impact on Leadership and Team Dynamics

    51:50 Practical Steps to Implement Flow



    Episode Resources:

    Website:https://www.teamexos.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/exos/

    X: https://x.com/TeamEXOS

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/team_exos

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamEXOS

    Four-Day Workweek Pilot: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/exos-four-day-workweek-pilot-reveals-a-winning-formula-for-achieving-business-success-without-sacrificing-employee-well-being-302103866.html



    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.



    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

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    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 54 min
    Beyond Consciousness: Unlocking Flow Through Meditation with Dr. Richard Davidson

    Beyond Consciousness: Unlocking Flow Through Meditation with Dr. Richard Davidson

    Dr. Richard “Richie” Davidson is a pioneer in the study of the neuroscience of emotional wellbeing, exploring how meditation and different states of consciousness affect physical and mental health. He has contributed to more than 300 published articles, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, and has collaborated with the Dalai Lama. Dr. Davidson joins Flow Research Collective’s Chief Science Officer, Dr. Michael Mannino, Executive Director Steven Kotler, and former Flow Research Collective coach Dr. Sarah Sarkis in a conversation about the art and science of meditation as a lever for health and peak performance.

    In This Episode:

    0:00 Introduction

    03:22 The Interplay Between Mediation, Mental Health, and Flow States

    14:44 The Phenomenon of Tukdam and its Implications for Consciousness

    31:58 The Malleability of the Brain and Challenging Popular Beliefs

    34:33 Exploring the Complexity of Brain Changes and Expertise

    37:01 The Impact of Meditation on Inflammation and Longevity

    44:16 The Importance of Regular Meditation Practice

    48:45 Personalized Meditation Recommendations Based on Individual Metrics

    52:26 Understanding the Different Types of Empathy in Meditation

    56:50 The Role of Compassion in Meditation



    About The Guest:

    Dr. Richard “Richie” Davidson is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is the founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds. His research explores the neural bases of emotion and emotional style, as well as methods to promote human flourishing including through meditation and related contemplative practices.



    Episode Resources:

    Website: https://www.richardjdavidson.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-j-davidson/

    X: https://twitter.com/healthyminds

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/healthy.minds/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centerforhealthyminds/



    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.



    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

    YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@flowresearchcollective⁠

    Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowresearchcollective⁠

    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 59 min
    Beyond Innovation: Flow in Startups with Dr. Corinna Peifer and Leonie Kloep

    Beyond Innovation: Flow in Startups with Dr. Corinna Peifer and Leonie Kloep

    This episode of Flow Radio features Dr. Corinna Peifer and PhD candidate Leonie Kloep, researchers at the University of Lübeck who recently coauthored a paper on the role of team flow in early start-up stages. They join Flow Research Collective Chief of Staff Ryan Wickes and Chief Science Officer Dr. Michael Mannino in a conversation about how leaders can harness flow to propel their teams and avoid burnout, especially within startups and emerging enterprises. This episode will be especially useful for leaders wanting to leverage flow in their teams, as well as anyone who’s interested in learning how to tap the benefits of flow to bring ease to collaborative tasks for better results. 



    About The Guest:

    Dr. Corinna Peifer is Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Lübeck and head of the Work and Health Lab, whose research focuses on flow states, stress, and well-being at work.

    Leonie Kloep is a PhD candidate and Organizational Psychology researcher at the University of Lübeck, as well as the co-author of a recent paper on the role of flow in early-stage startups. 



    Episode Resources:

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corinna-peifer-9a553714/ 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leonie-kloep-a85b3b175/ 

    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.



    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

    YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@flowresearchcollective⁠

    Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowresearchcollective⁠

    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 59 min
    Leadership as Behavior with Coby Karl, Rich Diviney, and Dr. Sarah Sarkis

    Leadership as Behavior with Coby Karl, Rich Diviney, and Dr. Sarah Sarkis

    This episode of Flow Radio is a masterclass on leadership best practices, featuring three very special guests: Retired Navy SEAL commander and bestselling author Rich Diviney, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Coby Karl, and veteran performance psychologist Dr. Sarah Sarkis. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn how to lead teams that consistently outperform and out-innovate the competition. how to lead teams that consistently outperform and out-innovate the competition.



    In This Episode:

    0:00 Introduction

    04:35 Defining leadership

    11:05 Leadership as Behavior

    26:13 Dynamic Subordination in High-Performing Teams

    30:55 Lessons from Phil Jackson and Dennis Rodman

    39:11 Defining Leadership Expertise

    49:00 The Role of Flow in Leadership

    57:44 Attunement and Shared Experience in Leadership

    1:16:53 Balancing Training and Education in the Business World

    About the Guests:  

    By day, Dr. Sarah Sarkis is a licensed psychologist, a certified executive coach, and the senior Director of Performance Psychology at Exos. Occasionally, you’ll also find her moonlighting as a writer and keynote speaker. 

    Dr. Sarkis has spent 20-plus years in the trenches, exploring every corner of the human psyche. Her passion and focus these days is working with CEOs, athletes, professional coaches, and other executives striving to achieve moonshot dreams. In a nutshell, she considers herself a human performance hybrid: part shrink, part coach, part Jedi of the unconscious. 

    Dr. Sarkis has been a featured guest on many popular podcasts, including The Gabby Reece Podcast and LinkedIn Live. She is also a regularly featured SME in publications such as CNBC, Women’s Health, The Huffington Post, and the New York Times.



    Rich Diviney, a bestselling author, leadership expert, and retired Navy SEAL commander, brings over two decades of exceptional experience to the stage. Over the course of a 20-year career, he completed more than thirteen overseas deployments and served in multiple leadership positions, to include being the officer in charge of an extremely specialized SEAL selection process, curating the most elite performers through a specialized selection process.



    Coby Karl is an Assistant Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. Starting as a Seattle Sonics ballboy to becoming an NBA player, he's spent a lifetime learning the game and how to lead a team. His experiences helped him coach the Delaware Blue Coats to win their first NBA G League title in 2023. Coby learned to lead with compassion and thoughtfulness from his mentors, icons like Phil Jackson and his dad, George Karl.



    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.

    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

    YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@flowresearchcollective⁠

    Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowresearchcollective⁠

    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Peak Collaboration: Team Flow with Dr. Jef J. J. van den Hout

    Peak Collaboration: Team Flow with Dr. Jef J. J. van den Hout

    This episode of the Flow Radio podcast features Dr. Jef J. J. Van den Hout, associate researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the founder of Flow Concepts, and one of the world’s foremost experts on flow in teams. Dr. van den Hout joins Flow Research Collective Chief of Staff Ryan Wickes and Chief Science officer Dr. Michael Mannino to talk about how leaders and teams can spark flow and optimize collaboration in the workplace.



    In This Episode:

    0:00 Introduction

    01:28 Team Flow vs. Individual Flow

    04:19 The Importance of Mutual Accountability

    10:12 The Role of Context in Team Flow

    15:36 The Default Mode Network in Team Flow

    19:39 Facilitating Team Flow Conversations

    22:27 Barriers to Team Flow

    27:58 The Impact of Team Flow on Individual Happiness

    35:05 Constructive Criticism and Team Flow

    42:07 The Flow Cycle in Individual and Team Flow

    43:52 The Future of Team Flow Research



    About The Guest:

    Dr. Jef van den Hout, PDEng, has earned his Ph.D. with a focus on understanding and measuring team flow. He applies this knowledge to enhance team performance in professional settings. As the creator of Flow Concepts, Jef leads efforts to simplify complex team interactions and foster exceptional outcomes.



    He’s an associate researcher with the Eindhoven University of Technology and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research spans several key areas: flow, team flow, optimal collaboration, sustainable performance, and challenge-based learning environments such as innovation ecosystems and professional learning communities.



    Jef is driven by a clear mission: to connect scientific research with real-world practice.

    He shares, “I find it fascinating to unravel climates for optimal collaboration and moments of team flow. Especially, if the ambitions could lead to something just beautiful, something unusually good, or something completely innovative! ”



    Episode Resources:

    Website: https://flowconcepts.nl/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefvandenhout/

    X: https://twitter.com/jefvandenhout

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jef.vandenhout



    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.



    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

    YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@flowresearchcollective⁠

    Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowresearchcollective⁠

    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    From Beginner to Finisher: Cultivating Commitment with Nate Checketts

    From Beginner to Finisher: Cultivating Commitment with Nate Checketts

    This episode of Flow Radio features Nate Checketts, CEO and co-founder of the premium men’s activewear company, Rhone. A lifelong entrepreneur who founded four companies before turning 30, Checketts spoke with the Flow Research Collective about what it takes to show up and follow through for your family, your community, and your wildest professional goals. The crew also discusses how to create opportunities for flow to fulfill a full slate of ambitions.



    In This Episode:

    0:00 Introduction

    04:41 Community Building and Resilience

    07:37 Creating a Resilient Work Culture

    16:45 Creating Opportunities for Flow

    21:39 Teaching Resilience to Children

    33:06 Advice for Leaders

    35:59 Resilience and Flow



    About The Guest:

    Nate Checketts is the Co-Founder & CEO of Rhone, a performance lifestyle brand founded in 2014. Prior to Rhone, Nate worked for and consulted with some of the biggest technology and entertainment properties in the world including Cisco, The National Football League, Legends, FanVision and Sport Radar. Nate is also an avid entrepreneur who founded and launched 4 companies before the age of 30, including Rhone and Mangia Technologies, whose patents were later acquired by the San Francisco 49ers. In 2020 Nate was selected by the Sports Business Journal to their 2020 list of Forty leaders under Forty.



    In addition to Rhone, Nate also serves as Chairman of the Board to Beyond Type 1, a non-profit dedicated to the community of those with Type 1 Diabetes. Nate graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Finance. He and his wife Dayna reside in Connecticut with their three young boys, Gabriel, William and Nicholas.



    Episode Resources:

    Website: https://www.rhone.com/

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natechecketts

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natechecketts

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nate.checketts



    Flow Radio Is Presented By Flow Research Collective

    Are you an entrepreneur, a leader, or a knowledge worker, who wants to harness the power of flow so you can get more done in less time with greater ease and accomplish your boldest professional goals faster? If the answer is yes, then our peak-performance training Zero To Dangerous may be a good fit for you.



    Flow Research Collective is a leading neuroscience research and training company. If you’re interested in learning the science-backed techniques we used to train top executives at Facebook, Audi and even the Navy SEALs, click the link here: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/zero-to-dangerous/overview⁠



    Follow Flow Research Collective:

    YouTube: ⁠https://www.youtube.com/@flowresearchcollective⁠

    Instagram: ⁠https://www.instagram.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    LinkedIn: ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/company/flowresearchcollective⁠

    X: ⁠https://twitter.com/thefrc_official⁠

    Facebook: ⁠https://www.facebook.com/flowresearchcollective⁠

    Spotify: ⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/6RQY0d5rdlEiinHEtfWy6A⁠

    Website: ⁠https://www.flowresearchcollective.com⁠



    Flow Research Collective was founded by Steven Kotler, one of the world’s leading experts on human peak performance. He is an award-winning journalist and author with over ten bestselling books.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

DrWayne2002 ,

Awesome

Great interviews! An easy way to review and learn how to activate flow triggers and avoid flow blockers! What a great use of my time!

Igor Ganapolsky ,

Real truth about Flow

I went through the Flow Reaearch Collective’s program - Zero to Dangerous in 2022. I have to say, they are the real deal when teaching how to achieve Flow states. I regularly implement the lessons and strategies I learned in FRC.

Also, in this podcast, they actually talk the truth about finding intrinsic Flow states (not chasing external material bulls*%t that all the other podcasts focus on).

mvelasco07 ,

A must-listen!

No matter the subject, you’re guaranteed to gain something from every episode - can’t recommend Flow Research Collective Radio enough. 🙌

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