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Is there room for intuition in business? Yes, in any case. Decades ago I may have thought differently, but over the years I have changed my mind and believe that intuition can be another tool in the belt of business tools.
The definition of intuition is “the direct perception of truth or facts, independent of a thought process; It is an immediate concern, or a sharp and quick look at something. "
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Years ago I read a science fiction book that was about "intuitions," people in their society who seemed to understand things instinctively. Intuits were believed to have this incredible ability to recognize a situation instantly. But the truth was, the Intuits developed the ability to quickly assemble the facts, analyze the data, and predict probabilities based on their area of expertise.
Yes, the book was science fiction, but it made a statement that really impressed me. It said something that totally contradicts the definition above. It was said that intuitives had been trained in specific areas over many years and that it was not an instinctive understanding of a problem, but rather, because of their accumulated understanding of specific problems, the point was to use arguments quickly. In the real world, this is basically what predictive analytics does to computers today.
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After reconsidering my opinion on instincts, I found that as I became more experienced in my field, I was better able to assess problems and have a "gut feeling" for the direction in which to go. What I had taken as instinct was, at least in part, a quick assessment of the situation given my accumulated knowledge of a particular subject.
What some people consider "instinct" might actually be this accumulated knowledge that is quickly applied. In fact, someone recently sent me a message about a specific challenge they had. I gave him some advice and in an email response about how to solve the problem he said I had assessed a particular problem and concluded by saying, "Your gut feeling is amazing!" To be honest, it was partly intuition, but mostly my years of experience, seeing such situations and quickly assessing the problem and offering a solution. In my own narrow field, I looked like an intuitive.
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As I gained more experience, I learned more and more to follow my intuition or my “gut”. Trust me when I say it is not infallible, but I no longer take it for granted. I listen to gut instincts a lot more today than I did in my 20s or 30s.
Haven't we all been in a situation where we felt we should do something, but we didn't? If that creates a problem, we look back and see clearly why we should have followed our intuition.
At least in part, our intuition is likely to be related to the experiences we have had, and we quickly process an interpretation of a situation based on those experiences. On the other hand, I think it could be a heightened feeling for ESP – but I think it's the former.