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Intuition and Reflection

Intuition and Reflection

In the world of work, leaders often find themselves in the position of having to make decisions without complete information. They’re expected to make decisions that are not only right but also timely. Strategic and tactical choices can’t always wait, so effective leaders learn to depend on their intuition as well as the evidence of the moment to reach decisions quickly with minimal information. Without the confidence to trust their intuition, less effective managers may analyze too long, second-guess their decisions, or change course midstream.

As a rule, Westerners value the ability to make quick decisions and don’t put as much stock in processes that are deliberate, slow, and reflective. But there’s a paradox in that view. The process of slowing down and reflecting, deliberately and conscientiously, actually helps us to build our confidence in using intuition—to trust that gut instinct that enables us to make quick decisions that have a good chance of being correct.


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