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Behind The Scenes Of Our Flow Training — Rian Doris, Conor Murphy | Flow Research Collective Radio

Behind The Scenes Of Our Flow Training — Rian Doris, Conor Murphy | Flow Research Collective Radio

September 21, 2020

We are super excited about this week’s episode.

This episode is a discussion between our Chief Science Office here at Flow Research Collective, Conor Murphy, Rian Doris and Andrew Skotzko.

This one is a table turn—Andrew is actually interviewing myself and Conor for his podcast ENLIVEN—which you should check out by the way. 

Andrew is, as you’ll find out, an incredible interviewer. Due to his charm and interviewing, we ended up riffing for three hours straight on all things flow science and peak performance. 

It’s a great opportunity to get to know Rian and Conor a little better.

We talk about all sorts of things:

  • The programmable nature of the human condition and what knobs and levers you wanna use to program yourself for optimal functioning
  • Whether flow hacking is a probabilistic or mechanistic process
  • The role data plays in peak performance and more!

So it’s a good one. In case you are wondering… this episode is very much related to our flow training.

 

ABOUT THE GUESTS

Rian Doris is a Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective.

 

Rian lives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and academia—from starting his first business at age 18 to studying Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Applied Neuroscience at King's College, London.

On the academic side, Rian has led research initiatives with Imperial College London, University of Southern California, the University of Zurich and Deloitte.

On the entrepreneurial side, Rian has worked intimately with numerous world-leading experts in peak performance such as Keith Ferrazzi, Dr. Dan Siegel, and Steven Kotler, his partner at Flow Research Collective.

Rian has been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, TedX and Big Think.

 

Conor Murphy is a Co-Founder of the Flow Research Collective lives at the intersection of data science and optimal psychology, using data and technology to understand and reinforce the best parts of human experience.

He transitioned to the tech sector after spending four years leveraging data for more impactful humanitarian interventions in developing countries.

Since then, he has held a variety of positions including a faculty role for University of New Haven and Galvanize's Master of Science in Data Science program, principal data scientist and consultant for a number of startups and a data scientist and educator for Artificial Intelligence at Databricks. 

Outside of data, Conor is an avid skydiver, getting into the sport after reading Kotler's The Rise of Superman.

Leveraging your Emotions to Improve Decision Making and Performance — Dr. Glenn Fox | Flow Research Collective Radio

Leveraging your Emotions to Improve Decision Making and Performance — Dr. Glenn Fox | Flow Research Collective Radio

September 14, 2020

Today, we have a special episode with Dr. Glenn Fox who is a dear friend and advisor of ours. 

Dr. Glenn Fox is the Head of Program Design, Strategy, and Outreach at the USC Performance Science Institute.

Dr. Fox is at the forefront of research on gratitude and human performance.  He teaches “The Science of Peak Performance”, leads trainings with leaders and groups, and conducts research on mindset and physiology.

We talk about labeling emotions, the intuition of your brain, peak performance, judgment and of course, flow states.

We start with a personal story about Glenn Fox, his upbringing and how he started his first community as fifth grader: The tomato republic.  He talks about counterculture, power, Ken Kesey and being weird.

If you are interested in the intersection of intuition, decision making, learning and neuroscience - this episode is for you!

 

ABOUT THE EPISODE

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Glenn Fox first community (5:15)
  • The importance of knowing where things take place (16:25) 
  • Dr. Damasio’s idea of consciousness  (20:59)
  • The relationship between emotion & decision making  (22:02)
  • The Iowa gambling task (22:36)
  • Intuition & long stretches of time (29:41)
  • The amygdala while doing the Iowa gambling task (31:40)
  • Emotion regulation for flow states (33:34)
  • Flow (35:07)
  • Intuition & gut instinct (37:00)
  • Labeling emotions (40:30)
  • What does peak performers know that other people don’t? (43:53)
  • How to tune into your intuition? (46:09)
  • Consumerism vs. Culture (54:13)
  • Gratitude (55:49)
  • Peak performance (1:03:09)
  • Mindset & Locus of control (1:06:21)
  • Challenge skill balance (1:12:10)
  • The heart command lift approach (1:15:03)

 

ABOUT THE GUEST

Dr. Glenn Fox is the Head of Program Design, Strategy, and Outreach at the USC Performance Science Institute.  

 

A neuroscientist by training, he began at USC working as a research assistant in the Brain and Creativity Institute, after which he went on to earn his PhD in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and complete a post-doctoral fellowship with Professors Hanna and Antonio Damasio. 

 

Glenn is at the forefront of research on gratitude and human performance.  Glenn teaches “The Science of Peak Performance” during the Spring Semester, leads trainings with leaders and groups, and conducts research on mindset and physiology.

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Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World — Dr.Adam Gazzaley | Flow Research Collective Radio

Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World — Dr.Adam Gazzaley | Flow Research Collective Radio

September 7, 2020

In today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Adam Gazzaley, a world-renowned neuroscientist and advisor of the Flow Research Collective. 

In the first few minutes of the episode, Steven explains why he believes Dr. Gazzaley is at the forefront of understanding flow triggers as well as flow blockers.

His book ‘The Distracted Mind’ has shown why our brains aren't built for media multitasking, and how we can learn to live with technology in a more balanced way.

Lets quickly recap some flow 101 knowledge for context before we dive in.

Flow states have triggers or pre-conditions that lead to more flow. 

Essentially, flow can only arise when all of our attention is focused in the present moment, so that’s what these triggers do—they drive attention into the here and now.

On the podcast, we talk about distraction, notifications, technology - all the things that grab our attention and take us away from the present moment and flow.

We talk about the biggest challenges with having "ancient brains in a high-tech world".

You will also love to learn about gamification and why "gamification" is one of the most powerful high-performance strategies. 

In short: Dr. Gazzaley shares the most cutting-edge, science-backed techniques to fight distraction and recover from brain melt!

 

ABOUT THE GUEST

 

Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed Neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. He is now the David Dolby Distinguished Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and the Founder / Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research.

 

He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices. 

 

This novel approach involves the development of custom-designed, closed-loop video games integrated with the latest advancements in software (brain computer interfaces, GPU computing, cloud-based analytics) and hardware (virtual/augmented reality, motion capture, mobile physiological recording devices, transcranial electrical brain stimulation). 

 

These technologies are then advanced to rigorous research studies that evaluate their impact on multiple aspects of brain function and physiology. This utilizes a powerful combination of neurophysiological tools, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

 

His research and perspectives have been consistently profiled in high-impact media, such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Discover, Wired, PBS, NPR, CNN and NBC Nightly News.

The Science of Trust and Love — Dr. Paul Zak | Flow Research Collective Radio

The Science of Trust and Love — Dr. Paul Zak | Flow Research Collective Radio

August 31, 2020

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Paul Zak. You may have heard Dr. Paul Zak’s name mentioned in the same sentence as the word “trust” before. He is the author of the “Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies”.

 

He also wrote the “The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity”.
In this book, he recounts his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love and morality. 

 

In fact, Paul Zak’s research on oxytocin and relationships has actually earned him the nickname Dr. Love.

 

And I can tell you, Dr. Love suits Paul a ton. You're going to see why in this episode. 

He is just such a fun, great guy and Steven and I had an absolute blast kicking it with him when we were recording this episode. 

 

In today's episode with Paul, we draw on the ideas that underscore the work that he has done with everyone from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 companies to working with tribes in the rainforest of Papua New Guinea. 

 

We talk about everything - from how to dump more oxytocin into your brain, to tools needed to become a high trust leader as well as the difference between faith and trust from a neurobiological perspective. 

 

We go broad, and we go wide on the topic of trust, and how it relates to flow and peak performance. It’s a super fun one. 

 

And we really began to hit our stride about halfway through the episode. So make sure that you stay tuned until the end.

 

ABOUT THE EPISODE

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

 

  • What happens to oxytocin in the era of physical and social distancing and increased remote work?  (4:00)
  • Background and details on oxytocin (8:10)
  • The relationship between the size of a group, community, company or country and trust (12:30)
  • The eight foundations for organizational trust (14:10)
  • Vulnerability is a very effective way to induce oxytocin release (21:10)
  • How to create candor and transparency in an organization (24:10)
  • Social bonding and love at work (36:50)
  • Trust, oxytocin and group flow (45:00)
  • Social media and oxytocin (49:00)
  • The dark side of our social nature (54:20)

ABOUT THE GUEST

 

Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. 

 

He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. 

 

He runs an academic lab, consumer neuroscience company, and neuromanagement company. 

He also serves as a senior advisor to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications that advises many of the world’s most successful companies.

 

RESOURCES

 

Web: Dr. Paul Zak’s Website

Book: Trust Factor

Book: The Moral Molecule

Uncovering Peak Performance and Maximizing Human Potential — Dr. Michael Gervais | Flow Research Collective Radio

Uncovering Peak Performance and Maximizing Human Potential — Dr. Michael Gervais | Flow Research Collective Radio

August 24, 2020

In this episode, we're joined by Dr. Michael Gervais. 

Dr. Gervais is a high-performance psychologist whose client roster includes sports MVPs, internationally acclaimed artists, and Fortune 100 CEOs. 

Mike is also the co-founder of Compete to Create which has built a framework to enhance high-performance cultures by focusing on mindset training for individuals. 

You've likely come across his killer podcast Finding Mastery and you may know him as the Seattle Seahawks infamous mindset coach.

In this episode with Mike, he highlights the mindset needed to harness pain for your benefit so you can break through to the next level.

We discuss what "reaching your potential" actually means, from a scientific standpoint.

Mike also breaks down how to discover your personal philosophy and use that to steer your life in the right direction. It’s a killer episode, and Mike’s eloquence and nuance always blow me away. 

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Warriors Edge (6:25)
  • Identifying Neurochemicals in your body (11:57) 
  • Pre-performance rituals (15:15)
  • The 3 levels of happiness (24:29)
  • What is a philosophy (25:57)
  • Personal philosophy (27:56)
  • How to set up your personal philosophy (29:45)
  • Philosophy, mission, purpose & vision (33:03)
  • Positive thinking (37:17)
  • Language is a framing function (38:55)
  • The difference between locus of control and a mindset (40:30)
  • How to regain optimism (45:40)
  • The upside of optimism (47:10)
  • Mental toughness (48:55)
  • Confidence on your one success (53:04)
  • The emergent property of mastery (57:36)
  • Psychological practices (01:01:27)
Understanding the Origins of Flow Research — Steven Kotler | Flow Research Collective Radio

Understanding the Origins of Flow Research — Steven Kotler | Flow Research Collective Radio

August 17, 2020

This episode is a section from one of Steven’s audiobooks, called ‘Mapping Cloud 9: Neuroscience, Flow and the upper possibility space of human experience’.

In Mapping Cloud 9 Steven goes far and wide. The overarching intention is to bridge science and spirituality to explore how our understanding of peak experiences has evolved over time.

He covers early inquiries into altered and mystical states; the birth of positive psychology and research on high performers; pioneering studies on meditation and near-death experiences; as well as current explorations of psychedelics, flow states, and technological breakthroughs.

Today, we’ve got the whole of chapter 1 of Mapping Cloud 9 as a special treat for you.  

You will learn about Friedrich Nietzsche and William James as the first peak performance philosophers. 

We will also talk about the fact that the history of flow research took a weird turn.

Hopefully, it inspires you to leverage the growing body of flow research to step into new realms of possibility.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Exponential growth in human performance (6:20)
  • What does it take to do the impossible (12:00)
  • What is Flow (13:13)
  • Where did Mapping Cloud 9 come from (17:45)
  • The actualization of self-actualization(28:28)
  • RAUSH (41:20)
  • Flow is ethically neutral (42:19)
  • Nietzche’s Superman (44:55)
  • Principles of physiological psychology (47:53)
  • Phenomenology (48:27)
  • Sweet spot for attention (50:17)
  • The science spiritually (51:29)
  • The first study of near-death experience (56:05)
  • William James and the timing of now (57:57)
  • The foundation of the modern science of high performance (1:02:10)

ABOUT THE GUEST

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. As the Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective, he is one of the world’s leading experts on high performance.

Steven’s work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired and TIME. 

He also appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on human performance, disruptive technology and radical innovation.


RESOURCES

 

Unblocking Self Sabotage With The Real Life Psychologist From TV Show Billions — Denise Shull | Flow Research Collective Radio

Unblocking Self Sabotage With The Real Life Psychologist From TV Show Billions — Denise Shull | Flow Research Collective Radio

August 10, 2020

About the episode

If you’ve seen the TV show Billions, you’ll know the character Wendy Roades. She’s the mindset coach for the Billionaire hedge fund manager, Bobby Axelroad. If you haven’t seen Billions, well it’s worth at least watching the first episode! 

Anyway, the producers of Billions based the character Wendy Roades on a real-life performance coach to financiers and hedge fund managers. Her name is Denise Shull, and I’m joined by her today. 

Denise is an expert in neuroeconomics, the founder of the ReThink Group and the author of Market Mind Games, which explains the deep psychological influences that can cripple Wall Street traders. 

In this episode, we talk in depth about Denise's style of coaching, the kinds of psychological blockages she helps her clients overcome, and how you can apply similar practices at home to unstick your own psychology and break self-sabotaging patterns. 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The Field of Neuroeconomics (6:00)
  • Anticipation & Performance (6:54)
  • Awareness of what you feel (12:00)
  • Kinds of physiological blockages (18:39) 
  • How to break self-sabotage patterns (26:30)
  • Billions & Wendy Rhodes (31:50)
  • Journalist exercises & book recommendations (41:14)

About the guest

Denise Shull is a performance coach who uses neuroeconomics and modern psychoanalysis in her work with hedge funds and professional athletes.

She is also the founder of The ReThink Group. Shull focuses on the positive contribution of feelings and emotion in high-pressure decisions.

She is the author of Market Mind Games, which explains how Wall Street traders act out Freudian transferences in reaction to market moves.

Shull postulates that human perception contains fractal elements in the same manner as the fractal geometry of nature.

Resources

Book: Market Mind Games by Denise Shull
Web: The ReThink Group
Twitter: Denise Shull

Unlocking Creativity and Maximizing Gratitude -  Dr. Glenn Fox, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman | Flow Research Collective Radio

Unlocking Creativity and Maximizing Gratitude - Dr. Glenn Fox, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman | Flow Research Collective Radio

August 3, 2020

Today, we’re joined by Dr. Glenn Fox and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, both of whom are dear friends and partners with the Flow Research Collective. 

 

Dr. Fox is one of the world’s leading experts in the neuroscience of gratitude and the Head of Program Design, Strategy, and Outreach at the USC Performance Science Institute.

 

Dr. Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Yale University and was named by Business Insider, one of “50 groundbreaking scientists who are changing the way we see the world”.

 

In today’s episode, we talk about the neuroscience of creativity, how gratitude impacts the brain, and how it can boost both your creativity and level of baseline gratitude.

Mastering Optimal Performance in High-Pressure Environments -  Dr. Andrew Huberman and Rich Diviney | Flow Research Collective Radio

Mastering Optimal Performance in High-Pressure Environments - Dr. Andrew Huberman and Rich Diviney | Flow Research Collective Radio

July 28, 2020

In today’s episode, we discuss optimal performance in high-pressure environments.

We are joined by Dr. Andrew Huberman and Rich Diviney. 

Dr. Andrew Huberman is a neuroscientist at Stanford. 

Rich Diviney draws upon more than 20 years of experience as a Navy SEAL Officer. 

Both of them are widely experienced in training optimal performance.

Here is the thing, stress and the fight, flight or freeze response are part of our everyday life. 

Understanding stress and leveraging stress to your advantage can crucially impact your overall quality of life.

We tap into the expertise and experience of our guests as we discuss how performance is related to fear, anxiety, struggle and pressure. 

You will learn how you can influence your nervous system as Dr. Huberman highlights the science behind stress responses. 

We also study the difference between peak states and optimal performance - as well as the habits that you can implement to improve your daily performance.

Exponential Technology, Innovation and Navigating Entrepreneurship in the Midst of Uncertainty -  Jane Metcalfe and Salim Ismail | Flow Research Collective Radio

Exponential Technology, Innovation and Navigating Entrepreneurship in the Midst of Uncertainty - Jane Metcalfe and Salim Ismail | Flow Research Collective Radio

July 20, 2020

In this episode, we are joined by Jane Metcalfe and Salim Ismail. We discuss exponential technology, innovation, and navigating agile entrepreneurship.

 

If you loved the episode and our thoughts on flow in exponential organizations, make sure to check out our flagship flow training “Zero to Dangerous”. This training enables you to harness flow for your career.

 

In this episode, you will study the following topics:

  • We are learning about exponential growth in 2020 (4:45)
  • The importance of life sciences in 2020 (7:30)
  • How incentives drive decisions (12:25)
  • Risk in the biotechnology industry (16:45)
  • Hacking organizational culture at scale (22:00)
  • Why and how big companies enter into new technologies and markets (25:30)
  • Why real breakthroughs need to happen at a systemic level (31:00)
  • The 4 activities of rich ancient cultures (39:00)
  • Female archetypes in business (42:00)
  • How to integrate all of our system (48:00)
  • The future for small and medium-size business owners (48:30)
  • The neurobiological revolution (52:00) 
  • It starts with mindfulness and conversation (57:00)
  • How both guests handle ambiguity (1:05:00)

 

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