Part 1 of 4: Intuitive Decision Making That Sparks Innovation

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As many of you know, I’m writing a book, Decisive Intuition (out on shelves March 2019), that’s based on the premise that when we listen to and apply our intuitive intelligence alongside critical thinking and analysis, we make better, faster, and more holistic decisions in business. 

This leads to greater innovation and leadership as we include all of the data around us and are even more informed than just relying on what’s in our heads. This month’s series gives some insight into how you can apply your own intuition in any critical decision making process in your workplace (and beyond). And if you like what you read and want to see a workshop on this exact topic at SWSX 2019, scroll down to the bottom of this page and help us by voting this into existence!

Step 1: Write down the business challenge you are currently facing

When you tackle a problem in your business or department, it’s important to get really clear and focused on the challenge in front of you. Start with brainstorming about the dilemma you are facing. Describe in detail what you are challenged with and write it all down.  

Then, turn your brainstorming into a specific question that highlights the business dilemma you are facing. The more detailed and clear you get about your question, the more you can concentrate on the solution. In other words, if your challenge is hard to articulate, you probably need to spend more time getting at the heart of what you are wanting an answer for. It could be as simple as, “Should I change jobs?” 

Step 2: Engage Your Mind

After you’ve gotten clear on your dilemma, the next step of intuitive decision making is about engaging your critical thinking and your conscious mind. 

As with any big decision in your business, you want to do your due diligence first and make sure you are considering all the angles of a situation that you are facing. And the bigger the decision, the more important it is to consider as many facts as possible. 

Whether you are contemplating a difficult hire, the timing of a product launch, spending more money on marketing, or moving forward with a bold, new strategy for your business, use your critical thinking and write down all the pros and cons of such a move. 

For example, you should now have a list of all of the positives of hiring this candidate, as well as all of the drawbacks that come with bringing this particular person on board. The more you can consider how this hiring decision will impact the team, the company culture, and moving the business forward to achieve its vision, the better. 

This is using your conscious, logical mind at what it does best: critical thinking. Now step back and look at your list of pros and cons. Take a moment to review this.

What jumps out at you? Do you have a majority of pros or cons? And no matter which side is more stacked, circle the details that are most critical. For instance, I might have 10 pros and 3 cons, but the cons are so big, that they outweigh the pros. Believe it or not, you are starting to engage your intuition here as you take a step back and let your subconscious mind connect the dots of what is most important. 

In next week’s article, we’ll go more deeply into how to get your conscious mind out of the way to engage your deeper subconscious, where your intuitive intelligence is found. This alone is a game changer in decision making. 

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