Flow Conference 2022 – Speaker Interview with Inge Beckers
The Positive Psychology Guild is proud to partner with this year’s Flow Conference event. The Flow Conference is a two-day virtual event on 31st August & 1st September 2022. The conference consists of over 30 presenters – scientists, practitioners and professionals – covering a range of fascinating talks, practical advice, and cutting-edge ideas on how to stress less and be more. There will be presentations, live workshops, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and open community chats. Our founder Reece Coker will be delivering a presentation on Special Interests and Autism: Accessing Flow, and one of our PPG members, Inge Beckers, will be presenting on How Positive Leadership can increase Flow at Work. The guest entry below is a short interview with Inge and her relationship with flow.
Can you please give us a brief introduction to yourself and how flow shows up in your life?
My name is Inge Beckers and I have been working in HR for more than twenty years. I am a coach and trainer in positive psychology and positive leadership mainly in corporate environments. After doing the MSc Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks New University I started my own side business, Flow and Connection, which specializes in coaching and training in Positive Leadership. As a coach, I want to help people to work out their own power and help them grow and flourish in whatever they do or want to do. The best way to achieve that is to create more flow and connection in your life.
How do you incorporate flow into your work with clients/organisations, and in what ways is this an important aspect of your practice?
Mihaly Csikszentmihaylyi, who is considered one of the co-founders of positive psychology, was the first to identify and research flow. His book ‘Flow: The psychology of optimal experience’ is based on the premise that happiness levels can be shifted by introducing flow. So I use his research throughout my coaching and training activities to enhance well being at work.
Can you give us a brief taster of what you will be talking about at the flow conference?
I will discuss the benefits of applying a positive leadership approach and how this can enable a work environment in which employees can grow and flourish.
Where is the future for flow? In what ways do you think research and practice can be developed in new areas?
Although the word ‘flow’ is well known, it is being interpreted in many ways. There is a need for more knowledge on what the flow state means, and the many benefits related to this.
As the research on this topic is still young, many areas in this field should be further looked at. For me, it would be very interesting to read more research on flow in a work environment.
Inge Beckers is a coach and trainer in Positive Psychology and Positive Leadership. She is passionate about supporting ambitious leaders and entrepreneurs to unlock their potential and become even more successful in their profession and their life. Her unique approach combines her experience as a coach with the science of Positive Psychology and Positive Leadership. She has obtained certifications in coaching both in Belgium and the UK and has done the Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in the UK. She is also a certified Meditation and Mindfulness Trainer and a master in NLP.