Business School Briefing: Flow state, top schools for economics, advisers sought


Good evening from London. You can achieve success while you are in a state of “flow”. What is this and how does it continue to work? Also, we reveal schools in our MBA 2021 Executive Ranking that are highly rated for economics education.

Written and edited by Wai Kuen Chan and Andrew Jack.


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Andrew Hill Management Challenge

Ask the workers if they would like to do something else and they say yes more often when they are at work than when they are relaxing. This is a paradox, according to Mihaly Ceksintmihaly, a Hungarian-American psychologist, because workers are more likely to report being in a pleasurable “flow” when they are at work, rather than at leisure.

Csikszentmihalyi, who recently passed away, was the “father of flow,” the feeling of being lost in a fun activity. His contradiction remains, and resolving it is part of the principals’ job, as I wrote this week. so for me management challenge, I would like to know how you will encourage team members to get back into the flow – is the solution in team selection, technology assistance, or some other management technique? Send your thoughts to

Last week I asked for your tips to make blended meetings work better. Dan Kiernan Showed this: “Log on from two to three devices in the room to give different camera angles and take pictures for everyone. Even a beanbag backed phone works. Train one of the on-screen cameras on which remote participants appear, it gives them confidence that it’s They are noticed. Be sure to monitor the chat, so remote participants can jump in that way.” He adds—and I wholeheartedly support that—“The key, as with all meetings, is a good boss.”

more listening This week, from the FT’s podcast: The newly launched Weekly Action series, hosted by Isabel Berwick, our Business and Careers Editor, also features occasional insights from me and my colleagues.

The first episode is already available, in which Isabel and Emma Jacobs of the Financial Times talk about the value of wellness apps, and soon, the second episode in which I discuss whether workplace perks are a good way to motivate us.

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Graduates who completed the Executive MBA program in 2018, with their funded degree, were in higher positions compared to their fellow graduates who did not receive financial support, Write Sam Stephens and Leo Cremonzi.

The highest average seniority score is 44, for a partner/Vice President of a company with 500-4999 employees. The lowest average seniority score is 19, which corresponds to a senior manager in a company with 500-4999 employees.

See the full EMBA ranking and read more analysis.

Seniority graph before EMBA and now

Report on work and jobs

  • Pelita Clark looks at why those from ethnic minorities want to spend more time working from home.

  • The Bracken Bower Prize has given many young business writers an impetus to publishing. The £15,000 Prize for Best Business Book Proposal will be awarded to one of the fourteen authors shortlisted.

    Andrew Leon Hanna

    Andrew Leon Hanna: Former Winner and Now Governor of the Prize. He signed an agreement with Cambridge University Press to publish the book “25 Million Sparks,” about the rise of entrepreneurs in refugee camps, next year. © Elena Zhukova

  • How do you run a struggling startup company? William Reeve, an entrepreneur and serial investor involved in some of the UK’s most popular tech start-ups, focuses on rewards and performance targets to motivate employees.

  • Many UK doctors (GPs) choose part-time or local jobs to avoid burnout. But some practices find ways to relieve stressful resources.

    For GP Lizzie Toberty, the uncertainty in general practice added to the dilemma of whether to become a partner © Ian Forsyth

  • Regulations set to be reimposed next year could end domestic work for cross-border employees hired by Northern Irish companies.

  • Do you have a tip for one of our readers who is a tax accountant at the Big Four, but now wants a job with a positive impact?

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Facebook changes the name to Meta in renaming the company The move reflects the company’s push to build a virtual world full of avatars known as the metaverse as it battles a deep PR crisis and heightened regulatory scrutiny.

A 3D printed Meta logo and Facebook logo smartphone is placed on the laptop keyboard

“From now on, we’ll be Metaverse first, not Facebook first,” Mark Zuckerberg said of the © REUTERS rebranding.

Amazon strikes deal with British spy agencies to host top-secret material The GCHQ, MI5, and MI6 cloud nodes are intended to advance the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence for spying, but are likely to raise sovereignty concerns.

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New cloud service will enable spies to share data more easily from field sites abroad © AFP / Getty Images

US intelligence report sheds new light on theory of Wuhan lab accident The A declassified report sparks debate over whether China is responsible for the origins of the epidemic.

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The P4(L) laboratory on the campus of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China © AFP via Getty Images

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