Intuition in Business

by Angela O’Connell and Pat Naylor

Common questions

  1. What is intuition?
  2. How can intuition help my business/organisation/team/me?
  3. Can intuition be measured?
  4. How can I become more intuitive?
  5. Why do some people appear to be more intuitive than others?

 

1. What is intuition?

Intuition is knowing without knowing how you know. Intuition is often based on knowledge picked up by your senses outside your conscious awareness. This knowledge is stored and used to perform highly sophisticated, ultra-fast pattern-matching techniques.

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2. How can intuition help my business/organisation/team/me?

Did you know

  • According to research by Mihalasky and Dean in America, 80 per cent of CEOs whose profits doubled over a five-year period were found to have above average precognition. Conversely, CEOs whose companies were losing money scored significantly below average.
  • Some 82 out of 93 Nobel Prize winners agreed that intuition played an important part in their creative and scientific discoveries
  • The US company DuPont reduced their produce development time from three years to three months by using intuitive thinking techniques

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3. Can intuition be measured?

Intuitive tendencies can be measured and there are certain things that point to some people having a more intuitive nature than others. Follow the link below to determine your own ‘intuition quotient’.

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4. How can I become more intuitive?

You can learn to access your intuition more readily through several techniques. All involve becoming totally absorbed in an activity that is predominantly controlled by the right side of the brain. By noticing when you are being intuitive, you will gradually learn to recognise the signals your intuition sends and so be able to respond quickly when the situation demands.

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5. Why do some people appear more intuitive than others?

Different parts of our brain are associated with different activities. For most of us, the left side of our brain processes logical, sequential and language functions. The right side of our brain usually works in a more random, creative way and is where our intuition can be found.

At school, we are taught to value left-brain working more than right-brain working and so we may find it difficult to be intuitive and creative. However, with practice we can access our intuition easily and so use both parts of our brain to solve problems and to come up with new ideas.

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