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    Line cook diagnostic chart.

    I've been in to the management of flow for a bit now. I think reaching a flow state is probably why most cooks are cooks. If is taken for a given that all line cooks are looking to 'ride the wave' through their work day the following chart makes it really easy to figure out why they are not getting there if they are not.

    For an explanation of the flow state watch: http://www.ted.com/talks/mihaly_csik...ihalyi_on_flow

    I am sure the state of flow is no stranger to the cooks here. And of course, sometimes an anxious cook has a very high skill level and just has an anxiety problem.

    Sometimes they need more challenges or they need time or help developing skills but if cooks are reaching the flow state the majority of the shifts they work morale is typically not an issue and staff retention is maximized.

    This may be obvious or seem lame but I was bugging a forum member about it the other day and thought I'd share.

    Perhaps I've been breathing too many fumes out in the garage.


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    Brilliant Charlie. I love it. Getting crushed on the line is so flow...
    ...right now I miss the hell out of it.
    I wish I could share this with some of my ex bosses.
    I would love to hear what some other guys think.
    What/where is your flow?
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    I come from a completely different industry but retention of good employees was a large part of my responsibility. With that I suggest the following revision.



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    I like the idea, was always wondering why cooks are that crazy and work under dismal conditions for next to no pay - and love it (well, at least some of them some of the time...). Flow is such an interesting concept, we all have experienced something like it, at work or in other circumstances. Still a bit hard to measure and conceptualize from the scientist's point of view, but I really like the positive approach of looking at what makes us strong rather than where our deficits are (if that makes sense to anybody outside the wider health sciences...).

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    Nice Dave!


    Flow is a hugely important aspect of human psychology. I suggest you check out some material on the relatively new branch of psych called "positive psychology." We are finally starting to understand some of the biological and psychological mechanisms of human happiness and flow is part of that picture, so is giving to others...I'm sure that KnyfeKnerd can attest to that from his PIF program...and I know DaveB does a lot for other members of the forum but keeps it private.

    EDIT: Actually here's a film that might get you started: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1613092/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

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    I come from a completely different industry but retention of good employees was a large part of my responsibility. With that I suggest the following revision.



    Last edited by Zwiefel; 08-07-2014 at 03:43 PM. Reason: Add movie link...
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    Great responses guys!

    For a variety of reasons I ended up way understaffed tonight at work. I found myself working grill and sauté. Shouldn't have been a problem as we only had 26 on the books. Well, of course, we ended up doing 140. After 8:00 I had to take over hot apps as well. Shouldn't have been a problem because we are not much of a late night spot. Then orders for 30 people came in together at 9:45. The hot apps station was already broken down and in the walk-in too. As I was pulling proteins for the 15 top's entrees I find myself thinking: 'A minute ago I was in control bordering on relaxed. Now I am definitely aroused making a B-line towards flow.' All of a sudden it is twenty minutes later, the rail is clear and I am wondering how I can reach a flow state that can get me through busting down two stations, then sweeping and mopping the whole kitchen... That would have been nice.

    My advice: If you find yourself getting fisted at work, don't analyze where you land on this f'n chart!!!

    Man, Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

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    I got a kick out of the sense of time bit... when you're in the zone and everything is running like a well oiled machine you are always surprised when that last turn happens. It just flies by. When it's not so peachy is when the entire kitchen is going down in flames and you have that oh f$#$ moment when you realize you're only an hour into service, getting crushed, and have six more to go.... LOL

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    I have a very low skill level and high anxiety problem but I have the best knives in the house

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    that short lived moment of zen is quite unique and very rewarding, unfortunately the rest of the time is pretty gruesome. problem is once you get a taste of the flow, you go out of your way to convince yourself that the life of misery is worth the few glimpses of bliss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panda View Post
    that short lived moment of zen is quite unique and very rewarding, unfortunately the rest of the time is pretty gruesome. problem is once you get a taste of the flow, you go out of your way to convince yourself that the life of misery is worth the few glimpses of bliss.
    Very well said

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