Intuition Skills – Core Competency for the Creative Age

Next time you’re outside take a look around at the businesses, stores, homes, transport and ask this question “How else could this have looked?”

If we look into the road ahead, it becomes pretty clear we’ll be driving our businesses and lives without precedent much of the time. We’ll rely less on past history to prepare a view for the future. The kind of thinking that drives this century forward is radically different than the last one. Those who thrive will be masters of the unprecedented. Competency in intuition and vision are important personal equipment.

The New Common Sense

Intuition is defined as knowledge and intelligence that doesn’t happen as a direct result of thinking. Instead intuition happens as an effortless insight that rises up from seemingly nowhere and suddenly makes total sense. It seems to be completely non-linear and relates to a particular kind of “common sense” which remains curiously untaught in the intellectual and critical thinking preferences of our current education and corporate training environment.

Common sense is what drove our ancestors to survive the ruggedness and weather conditions of establishing what North America is today. This was a visceral common sense, relating more to physical survival in a hostile changing environment.

In our current environment, much more a mental one, multiple priorities and urgencies compete for our “attention”. However, “attention” in its’ purest sense is what most of us now do poorly.

The “new common sense” of intuition looks more like visionary adeptness, clarifying sense out of information garbage, the ability to out-think our intellectual intelligence and out-smart our brain stem. Intuition makes us less subject to being a victim of our intellect. And it opens doors to creative brilliance.

Through intuition we can “unthink” the paradigm of work, work as effort. There are easier ways.

We’re Smarter Than We Think

We can’t create our future in the same way as we arrived here. We’re creating a generation of knowledge and communication workers and we’re still trying to impose on them a “factory” mentality that was designed to produce widgets in an industrial age rather than results in our time. To produce results today, both insight and vision are needed and people have to be inspired before that can be produced. It’s the inspired person who will go the extra step, see the higher potential, build a better client relationship. The tricky part is they have to be inspired from the inside. You can’t impose this on anyone and no contemporary management theory will build it.

We need to get back to basics. We’ve been investing in a way that seems to benefit economic performance to the exasperation of other elements. Its probably wrong. Organizations are leaner and meaner and key personnel are more stressed than ever. How many of today’s organizations can truly say they are an energized creative force?

Future prosperity models will demonstrate strong linkages among human performance, balance, contribution to society and profits. All invention and breakthrough stems first from ideas. Whole ideas are born from whole people. To date we’ve invested little on cultivating intuition, vision, and conceptual intelligence. But the potential leverage on such investment is an increase in both human and corporate profit.

Back to intuition. It does restore personal power and vision. But the inevitable question arises. What about the downside? Of course there’s a downside. Some talented people might leave to explore their own visions. But others will come, because they’re attracted to your vision. There’s a catch here too. Your corporate vision had better be compelling enough to invite them in.

Personal commitment will be need to create and sustain the success of your organization. This commitment comes in all different shapes, sizes and people. The good news is there is room for all kinds.

Individuals must be willing and able to state their commitment to an organization without fear of judgement, and the organization must have an intention to find the right fit.

I’m always asked if it’s possible to actually “train” the intuition?” The answer is “Yes.” It’s more about reconditioning the sense to work the way it’s supposed to. Critical thinking has done a remarkable hack job on intelligence by cutting intuition and feeling out. It’s wrong and it’s limiting.

Like to learn how to turn on your intuition & get fast insight? Check out Intuition MindWare training here.

Arupa Tesolin is the founder of Intuita, author of Ting! & creator of Intuition MindWare. She is a speaker, deep innovation trainer & consultant helping people in intelligent organizations transform from within. Reach out to her using the contact form on this site.