Business and Intuition - A Match Made in Heaven

Some people think that intuition is a topic that should not be discussed or explored in the hallowed halls of business. What is equally astounding is that some people think that some of us have it and some of us don't. 

Belgium's Finance Minister Didier Reynders listens to European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier (R) during a joint news conference after an informal EU finance ministers meeting at the Egmont Palace in Brussels October 1, 2010. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  (BELGIUM - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)

While we all have intuition,  Ann Gilbert  Business Coach, reminded me, that only half of the population uses their intuition on a regular basis. Ann is a licensed practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The assessment measures how you make decisions. Do you process data by seeing, hearing or touching the data, or do you get a general sense of what it is about and rely on that to make your choice?

Ms. Gilbert says that nearly half the population relies on their five senses to process data and half relies on intuition. If you are intuitively inclined, unless you are in a creative field, your company may not reinforce this kind of decision making. It is important to develop intuition as a way of processing data to increase its effectiveness and accelerate results in this crazy marketplace.
When the company's culture doesn't provide ways for teams to keep moving forward in innovation, it will slow strategic advantage.  
If you want to increase your intuition in business, do some free associating. Gerald "Solution Man" Haman has been supporting innovation for decades. Try some of his free creativity exercises and increase your intuitive intelligence!

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