Today managements rely more on data, it’s processing and rational decisions. The role of intuition is not recognized as deserved by most organizations. Yet, when we talk about out of box thinking it is the intuition which comes into play. Undoubtedly, the role of data, its study and analysis cannot be undermined. But only this process does not allow managers to develop intuition.
In olden days the doctors used to have thorough clinical examinations of the patients. They would ask the history of the symptoms. And they would understand the psychology of the patients and then come to certain conclusions. But now doctors rely more on tests. There are various tests for all diseases and the doctor draws a conclusion based on data derived from these tests. The application of mind is minimal. However, for developing an intuition and relying on it requires application of mind. It’s that frontal part of the brain which is the biggest source of human insight and it’s most creative. This part of the brain enables humans to look at the problems from different perspectives. If a photographer takes a picture of an object from different angles and in different lighting, though the object is the same, its dimensions look different. This unique thought process which feeds the cognitive ability fuels intuition. The person concerned is likely to come out with unusual solutions and or concepts for unexpected problems.
It is believed that fear starts a process which makes humans creative. The signal generating fear in humans first reaches the part of the brain which excites emotions. It’s only later that it goes to the part if the brain which is responsible for the rational thought. A person develops instinctive awareness when he/she does not give in to the impulse of emotional behavior. The appearance of an unexpected problem and a strong desire to find a solution when data or history is not available the manager has to rely on intuition.
The leader must have courage to rely on intuition. He/she should be able to assess the big picture. It means that the leaders must have more general qualities like good business sense and a broad understanding how things can be put together to make a perfect fit etc. One may call it a helicopter sense. An understanding that you rise above the details to see the entire landscape. The exponential growth of the young business owners often results from gut feeling or intuition or follow the heart modes. Steve Jobs relied more on his gut feeling than on anything else. Business leaders of the era not so far long ago relied on linear growth. But today is the day of exponential growth. Young fresh minds with out of box thinking can often leave the linear business leaders behind within a short time.
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