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For 2015, the following leadership programmes have been organized at Villa Flow

In January the second edition of the “Leadership Week –slow time as a catalyst for growth” was led by Dutch executive coaches and entrepreneurs Caroline Serré and Odette Meyer, owners of CIC Company in cooperation with Villa Flow. Caroline and Odette have been working with CEO’s and top executives for 15 years and consider their clients ‘top athletes’ in companies. The third edition is scheduled for January 2016.

“Pause, Reflect and Lead with Purpose”, the second program offered in 2015, is an executive leadership program hosted by Inge together with Laurent Criou, former Director of Talent & Leadership for AXA UK, Leadership Development Specialist and integrative psychoanalyst, and Dr. Sabine Menon, a leading executive coach based in Shanghai who holds an MA in neuro-psychology and a PhD in Human Development and Organisations.

For the “Success by Balance: a corporate-oriented approach to wellness” program, its
4th edition, Z&Z Consulting teams up with Cecile van Loon, a Dutch senior HR and Leadership executive with a master degree in Organizational Behaviour and Staffing. The philosophy behind the program is that corporates can support their leaders by organising programs offering tools and techniques for increased self-awareness and improved energy management resulting in reduced sick-leave statistics and more successful individuals, teams and companies.

Chinese New Year is known to be a period of rest and reflection. Whether you’re celebrating Chinese New Year or not, this article provides you with tips on how best to reflect on your approach to productive leadership and improving general team performance.

~Happy Chinese New Year of the Goat – Gong Xi Fa Cai !! ~

With many cultural traditions and rituals comes time for reflection, which is imperative in the context of leadership development. Today’s world demands professionals to be constantly switched-on, reducing time for reflection and preventing them from being essentially connected with their physical being. This is taking its toll on physical and mental wellbeing and reducing productivity.

Why not take the opportunity to pause and reflect on your approach, review how best to manage your team and recruit new talent this Chinese New Year? This 6 step approach developed by Z&Z Consulting explains how best to reflect and increase productivity, through a concept that they call ‘In-Flow’.

The 6-Step approach to In-Flow Leadership:

Step 1: Pause and unwind from the high demands of daily life

The first key question to ask yourself is: “When was the last time you did something that you truly enjoyed purely for your own enjoyment?” In order to properly manage your energy levels, you sometimes need to pause for a moment to do something you truly enjoy, without any need for purpose. You need to recharge your batteries.

Today’s 24-hour economy underestimates the importance of this, and associates doing nothing with being useless or lazy. A change in this perception is anticipated and has been recognised through thought leadership articles such as “The Art of Doing Nothing” by Manfred Kets De Vries. We can all recall examples of how this has worked for ourselves in the past, instantly proving that shifting gears serves a purpose.

For example, we might find the following points of view:  “I went for a run on the beach and suddenly knew the answer”, or “My decision to go for dinner with friends yesterday despite my pile of work was a great one, I felt so re-energised the next morning and worked super-efficient the entire day”.

A nice side effect of Step 1 is that by taking certain moments to do what you truly like, you will instantly feel happier. As such, productivity is known to increase, both in your working life, and can ultimately be reciprocated throughout your team. Healthy food, daily exercise and sufficient sleep can also be strong contributors in facilitating slowing down and get into a state of reflection. Simultaneously work on your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being, in order for your reflection time to have a deeper and longer lasting impact.

Step 2: Understand the different perceptions of time

Z&Z Consulting, inspired by CIC Company’s innovative model of time, look at different energy patterns and link these to how time is perceived, in order to understand why our activities at work can sometimes be energy draining whereas, on other days, you can come home at the end of the day and still feel full of energy.

During energy draining periods, we continuously remind ourselves of how much we have to do.
Whereas, at other times, we feel things happen with surprisingly little effort, everything works to plan and we experience ‘flow’ – a state that we could stay in endlessly.
In-Flow, we can do fantastic work, enjoy working long hours, and are aware of perfect synchronicity between what we think, feel, say and do.

Step 3: Reconnect with your intrinsic motivations

When there is a lot of work to do, how can we realise a state of In-Flow rather than energy drainage in order to achieve maximum productivity?
Step 3 reconnects leaders with their drivers and values and creates awareness of intrinsic motivations. In short, intrinsic motivation refers to one’s behaviour that is driven by internal rewards.

Z&Z Consulting’s In-Flow model distinguishes four intrinsic motivations:

1) Certainty
2) Harmony
3) Results and Speed
4) Understanding and Insight


The ranking of, and magnitude by which, these motivations drive the individual and personal thinking process will differ for each person. Insight into your personal profile, and those of others, provides tremendous help in leadership, team and organisational development. It is important to assess intrinsic motivations to evaluate what drives one’s own personal performance. Using the model above, rank your intrinsic motivations between 1-4; with 1 being the most influential/ highest ranking motivation.

Step 4: Gain insight in your adoptive behaviors

After analysis of an individual’s motivation, it is important to analyse the adopted work behavior, mapping this to what the environment is demanding from us. One can rank each category and allocate a magnitude to which this behaviour exhibits itself.

Z&Z Consulting’s In-Flow model distinguishes four adopted behaviors:

1) Structure and Organization
2) Team play and Support
3) Entrepreneurship and Leadership
4) Vision and Analysis


The adopted behavior pattern is related to our current work activities, challenges and changes over time, as our environment and our behavior change whereas the intrinsic motivation pattern is quite stable. Using the model above, rank your adopted behaviors between 1-4; with 1 being the most relevant adopted behavior currently in place.

Step 5: Understand why your leadership is, or is not, In-Flow

Once you have ordered the above in terms of rank, compare the compatibility of your intrinsic motivations with the adopted behaviors.

Are your intrinsic motivations and adopted behavior patterns in sync? For example, if the two blue fields; ‘Certainty’ and ‘Structure and Organization’ are both ranked equally, then you are much more likely to experience ‘flow’ – optimum productivity and balance in the workplace. You will still need to build in moments to recharge and be alert for euphoria to protect your In-Flow leadership.

Are they very much out of sync? Then it is likely that you are experiencing mostly energy draining. An example of this is someone who has blue as their 4th color in the motivation analysis, however the current working environment demands mainly blue behavior (e.g. focus on details and creating structure). This person is likely to arrive at home at the end of the day, feeling exhausted.ganisasi

The same could be said for your team as a whole. Is your team working effectively and in-synch? Assess your employee’s intrinsic motivations against the adopted behavior at work. If the two are not ‘In-Flow’, your team may not be working in a productive manner.

Step 6: Set goals and objectives for the future that are the right ones for you

Following the In-Flow evaluation model, you can make actions based on the compatibility of results; be it to improve individual or team productivity. Consider the following; if the intrinsic motivations of either yourself or the individuals in your team do not correspond with the overall adopted behaviour required as a whole, perhaps it is best to create/ adapt the environment so intrinsic motivation can flourish.

To promote In-Flow in oneself: Adapt your working environment – alter the way in which you approach particular tasks, to best suit your intrinsic motivation. Find the specific environment in which you find yourself most productive, and assess how your output increases according to such environment. Such an environment might be working in a place where you’re unlikely to be disturbed, or conversely, fully immersed in a team effort to meet an objective.

To promote In-Flow for employees: Allow autonomy and flexibility- give employees freedom and flexibility in how they approach tasks and be ready to support them when they’re ready to take action. Outline the benefits of a certain approach, but allow autonomy in this approach. As the motivation is intrinsic, the interest and enjoyment does not depend on others. This approach allows the freedom for intrinsic motivation to take effect in the individual.

Through gained increased self-awareness we can become more in control of ourselves and our energy levels and set goals and objectives that are aligned with our intrinsic motivations, assuring higher efficiency and effectiveness and an increased level of In-Flow experience.

Programs for 2015

Recently voted one of the Netherlands’ top 100 female entrepreneurs by the Dutch Financial Times, founder and Managing Partner of Z&Z Consulting operating in Asia and Europe, Inge van Zon, realised the importance to pause and reflect and launched the first leadership program around this theme five years ago. The ‘Success by Balance: a corporate-oriented approach to wellness’ program is aimed at executives and business professionals, and focuses on providing the tools to combine a fulfilling career with maximizing life’s potential, resulting in reduced sick-leave statistics and more successful individuals, teams and organizations.

Executives leave the programs full of energy, with answers to their questions, a toolbox to remain the flow and a new focus on the things right for them. Z&Z Consulting teamed up with some of the world’s leading Executive Coaches, which allows for a unique combination of sound business understanding, extensive knowledge on leadership development, and a corporate-oriented approach to wellness.

Z&Z Consulting combines financial consulting with leadership development and change management and designs tailor-made in-company programs for financial institutions and multinationals at several locations throughout the world (see www.zandzconsulting.com).

Besides the corporate programs, several open-enrollment leadership programs are organized for executives on a unique location. Villa Flow, built in 2009 by Inge and her husband in Indonesia to create the perfect place to host leadership programs, is a mulch-award winning boutique resort with panoramic sea views on Indonesia’s Balinese Eastern coast. Villa Flow facilitates unwinding from daily life and was purposely designed to recharge energy at a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. The leadership content, the garden to plate organic dishes mostly grown in the large garden at the foot of the resort, the daily healthy exercise such as yoga and Bali’s fantastic Eastern coast scenery all contribute to the success of the programs.

For more information and detailed program please contact us: leadership@villaflowbali.com