Improve Your Intuitive Thinking

Improve Your IntuitionIn today’s fast-paced business environment, leaders must make complex decisions quickly, even when faced with uncertainty. Data and numbers rarely provide a complete picture. Making sound decisions in a chaotic climate requires us to strengthen our intuitive thinking. Refining our intuition ensures more accurate and innovative insights.

The instinctive genius that enables a CEO to craft the perfect strategy could require an uncanny ability to detect patterns that other people either overlook or mistake for random noise.” ~Alden M. Hayashi, “When to Trust Your Gut,” Harvard Business Review, February 2001

Some business experts extol the powers of intuitive thinking. Others caution leaders to beware of faulty reasoning and inherent biases. Many executives will tell you that decisions should be based solely on a thorough analysis of data.  But a new breed aims to achieve breakthroughs by harnessing the power of intuition.

“The real challenge is not whether to trust intuition, but how to strengthen it to make it more trustworthy.” ~ Gary Klein, PhD, The Power of Intuition: How to Use Your Gut to Make Better Decisions at Work

Honing your intuition is no longer optional. Most leaders recognize this sobering reality. They know that intuition’s fallibility must be balanced with appropriate analysis. We must nonetheless improve the quality of our intuition if we wish to succeed.

This article explores the power and science of intuition, and offers tips for improving your intuitive thinking skills.

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The complete article includes these important concepts:

  • Disrobing Intuition
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Action Responses
  • The Role of Analysis
  • Know—and Check–Yourself
  • Intuitive People
  • 10 Tips for Improving Intuitive Thinking


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