Intuitive Thinking

4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Think Intuitively

A successful thinker has the courage and know-how to rely on his intuition when necessary. The catch is – “when necessary.” While following your gut is a powerful tool, instinct is not foolproof. In particular, when selling an idea to a group of people, you may be ineffective if you do not present the facts to back it up.Intuitive Thinker

Unfortunately, there may be times when you can’t do a thorough investigation of a situation. Because you have a deadline that needs to be met, you will have to operate on instinct when deciding what to do. Far from being ideal, this situation can leave one in vulnerable position to a team that is ready to call you out on any sign of unfairness.

However, there is a job to do, and to do it well, you need to acknowledge your responsibility. When time is short, running on instincts is necessary. By making a quick decision, based on intuition, you can be an effective and firm leader, although it might not make you the most popular person. Read the rest of this entry »

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Intuitive Thinking: Feel Your Way Forward

I've-Got-a-Hunch Harry“Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it’s enough.” – Robert Heller, Businessman

Women’s Intuition is often hailed, but both men and women possess an inner faculty that allows them to intuit solutions to a problem. When making important decisions, working with team members, and leading a group of people, a “sixth sense” can help you navigate through the gray areas – those times when there’s no clear answer.

While everyone can exercise their intuition, many people are afraid to use it; some will even deliberately do the opposite of what they feel. How do you use the intuition you’ve got? With the little practice, that knowing voice can grow louder. And with a little trust in yourself, you can learn when and how to listen to it.

 

As a Thinker…

Are you comfortable following your gut, and does it lead you to where you need to be?

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What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Different Perspectives To Your Advantage

As you work to become an “optimized” thinker, you will want to consider that every situation has numerous perspectives – and your perspective depends on the thinking style you use. As a team member, this will help you to recognize that not everyone has to see a situation as you do. The resulting understanding can forge stronger bonds, giving you greater influence and an intrinsic sense of harmony.

brainHow to “Optimize” Your Relationships

The ability to work well with others is essential to high performance. A person might have all the indicators of success – an Ivy League degree, an impressive resume, even a genius IQ – but without people skills, these credentials lose relevance in the workplace.

The 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) provide a rare insight into the complex thinking processes of those around you. if you feel like someone’s from another planet, he or she might just have a different thinking style than you do. In fact, this person’s abilities could be the perfect complement to your own – not in spite of, but because of your differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking and Abilities

Strong TeamSocrates said about life: the unexamined mind is “an unnecessary waste.” Simple self-awareness can help you overcome habitual thought patterns that have stunted – or locked – your performance potential. Recognizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) in others will further your understanding of the people around you, leading to greater patience and greater influence.

Ultimately, your artful application of this knowledge will make you a uniquely effective leader. Not only can you position your performers where they will thrive, but you can also share the principles of “optimized” thinking to help them become well-rounded, multi-dimensional thinkers.

Optimize Your Thinking

Are you an “optimized” thinker? If so, you can effectively use all 8 Ways of Thinking – even those ways that don’t come naturally to you. Most essentially, you know how to determine the best way of thinking to use for any given situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect Tasks for the Intuitive Thinker

Your intuitive thinker may instinctively know the right course of action. What they may not know is how to convince the rest of the team that they are right. As a leader, you can prevent the chaos that results from the intuitive thinker’s off-the-cuff actions. Thinking Business ManTell your team up front that you have entrusted this thinker with certain responsibilities. They will then be less likely to question his ability. You will also need to encourage this thinker to leave a paper trail – and, when possible, to try to back up their actions with facts.

Activity: Feeling vs. Fact

You might come to rely on the intuitive thinker because this person almost seems to read your thoughts. You can trust that your expectations are understood. However, the intuitive thinker is better suited for some situations over others. Read the following scenarios and see whether you need someone ruled by fact or feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Possible Motivations in Dealing With Opposition

ArgumentThe thinkers on your team ruled by Intuitive Thinking do not process information the same way others do. While most people follow a logical train of thought when making a decision, the intuitive thinker will use their feelings as a beacon to tell him what to do.

For instance, imagine a scenario where you propose that your department buy a certain type of computer, but the intuitive thinker opposes your selection.

The problem is they can’t explain why. Because you now understand this style of thought, you can let go of your frustration and help them trace the source of their feeling. However, you must first determine if your team member is ruled by intuition, fear, or if they are simply trying to be obstinate. In some cases, they may be driven by a feeling that has nothing to do with either the situation or with you. Read the rest of this entry »

Differentiate Fear From Intuition

Whether or not you use it, you possess intuition. Some thinkers disregard the inner voice that says something’s right or wrong. Others refuse to act without considering it. From hiring a new employee to choosing which house to buy, your intuition can help you make the final decision. But where does it come from?Thinking Woman Can you tell the difference between fear and healthy hesitation? The first step to harnessing your intuition is to trace its source.

According to a survey conducted by the executive search firm Christian & Timbers, 45% of corporate executives now rely more on instinct than on facts and figures when running their businesses. This compelling statistic reveals the great influence this way of thinking can have on our lives. Your adeptness at Intuitive Thinking depends on your comfort level with this style of thought.

How to Be an Intuitive Thinker

The process of defining intuition can spark debate. Some people believe it’s a sixth sense that perceives what the naked eye cannot. Other’s think intuition is generated from experience. Some say that experienced decision makers see a different world than novices do… ultimately, intuition is all about perception.

Activity: Inner Listening

You can examine your ability to be an intuitive thinker by analyzing your perceptions. Which are experience-based? What’s the source of that gut feeling? When you are able to pinpoint the root of the feeling, you can be sure it’s telling you the right action to take. Read the rest of this entry »

Utilize Your Team’s Strengths

Strong TeamRemember, every strength, when carried to an extreme, can become a weakness. The Analytical Thinker can over-analyze. The Pessimistic Thinker can introduce a state of dread. The Assertive Thinker can break too many rules. The Intuitive Thinker can be emotionally biased. The Inventive Thinker can blow the budget with reinvention. The Altruistic Thinker can over-concern themselves with others’ issues. The Optimistic Thinker can overlook obvious risks. The Resolute Thinker can step on the toes of others.

By assigning suitable roles and advising your team to keep their strengths in check, you can build a team that’s primed for success. Read the rest of this entry »