Intuition

Becoming an Intuitive Decision Maker

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

I’ve spent time here writing at length about listening to your intuition and the positive changes you can make to your career and those around you. I think by now it’s pretty obvious that I find that to be one of the critical skills in business, yet it’s still so underused and I find people still don’t trust their gut when it comes to making good business decisions. I understand that there’s a lot riding on some of the decisions you make and sometimes saying you “just went with your gut” isn’t enough to satisfy a Board of Directors, but at some point, you really have to pull the trigger and say, “Yes, I feel that this is right.”

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You’re a successful woman. You’ve worked hard to get where you are (and where you’re going!) and a good part of that is by learning how to listen to and analyze your intuition. I’m sure that you have employees that you rely on to help you finish projects and handle various tasks and I’m sure that there are one or two that you would like to mentor and teach some of your “secrets” so that they can find success as much as you have. Well, one of the things you’re probably going to have to teach them is how to hone, listen to, trust and communicate their intuition. So how do you best teach someone how to listen to their own heart

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Intuition. It’s what sets us apart from men. For whatever reason, as women, we’ve been given the gift of a pretty active intuition. It keeps us safe, helps us make the right decision and even provides a sort of “sixth sense” for what is going on in many situations. We should be using our intuition every chance we get, so, then, why aren’t some of us using it? I’ve come up with 3 barriers that prevent us from truly accessing the full potential of our intuition, along with some ways with can overcome those hurdles.

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Analyzing Your Gut Instincts

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge proponent of listening to your intuition. I frequently write about how critical listening to our gut is for us to find success in our lives. While men may have gut feelings as well, I believe that a sixth sense or a keen intuition is a skill that women have that’s innate and only needs to be recognized and it can become one of the most valuable tools in our arsenal. So what happens if you aren’t really accustomed to listening to your intuition or you feel like you’ve sort of become derailed and your intuition doesn’t make any sense to you anymore? Well, that’s when practice makes perfect. Start asking yourself questions in order to analyze your gut and better learn to follow your natural instincts

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I write frequently on this blog about following your intuition and why it’s ever so important to follow it, both in your personal and professional life. Of course, when you’re accountable to no one, it’s very easy to simply follow what your gut is telling you, but it’s a whole other situation when you have to explain your intuition to your employees or your bosses. So how can you explain to other what you “just know” is the right decision to make?

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As women in business, we’re faced the challenge every day of competing in a “men’s world,” which oftentimes means learning to speak, act and communicate like a man in order to get ahead. This can lead to you spending a lot more time focusing on logic and less time listening to your gut. We women were given a gift of intuition and we should rely on it more often. What are some of the situations that we get into where ignoring our intuition will have bad results?

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Develop Your Sixth Sense

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

It’s that little voice in the back of your head that says, “Make this choice” or “Don’t go down that road.” Our sixth sense tells us when it’s time to duck out of an uncomfortable situation and when it’s best to stick up for ourselves. Chances are, we use the sixth sense, or our intuition, on a regular basis in our personal lives, but some of us have stopped relying on it during our business lives as well.

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It’s important to be aware of your comfort or discomfort with persuasion. Find out how fear plays a role in your influencing or persuasive behavior. Here’s a quick self-exam. Just as we do an external exam it is equally important to do an internal exam. Read these statements. Be as honest as you can (nobody[...]

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Knowledge – Fear = Confidence

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

You have the diploma. You have the years of on the job experience. You also have life experiences that have contributed to your vast knowledge. You are a bastion of wisdom whether you know it or not. Chances are, you do know it, but you’re afraid to admit it. It sounds odd that we might actually be afraid to admit how much we know, but sometimes in our career and life, we end up deferring to people so much, that it becomes a habit and we stop trusting our own judgment and knowledge. So how do you get rid of the fear of being wrong or that you don’t know the answer?

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Your heart, your sixth sense, your gut. Call it what you want, but as women, our intuition plays a big role in shaping the decisions we make from day to day. We rely on it when we’ve already looked over the facts and need to make a decision. But sometimes we ignore it or we can’t hear it because there’s too much noise. Below are five things that can get in the way of our intuition.

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