Intuitive Thinking: Feel Your Way Forward

By Jennifer Bridges, PMP (formerly, Jennifer Whitt)

“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?

As a team member, do you know someone who seems to operate on purse instinct – can you improve your understanding of him or her?

As a leader, you may trust your own instincts, but can you trust the gut of someone you’re in charge of?

The new economy is going to continue to require us all to exercise the intuitive part of your brain and feel our way forward. If you are creating a solution without facts, executing without a process, determining team roles, making a decision with no clear choice, intuitive thinking is going to be your key to your success. If this is not your strong suit, I recommend strengthening an underutilized area of your brain you may have forgotten you have or identifying and identifying and leveraging those who excel in this area.  Doing things the old way or waiting on concrete facts is not a choice. Feel your way forward – it’s time to embrace your “women’s intuition” even if you are a man!


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