Okay, So Now I’m
Supposed to Develop My Intuition? How Does That Work?
by Susan Dunn, MA
“Intuition is vital to the empowered employee,” says Garrett Boone, CEO
of the Container Store, in “Fast Company,” but intuition certainly doesn’t
come to the unprepared mind. The more knowledgeable you are, the better
informed you are, the better prepared you are to use your intuition.
So now, you may be thinking, I’m going to have learn to be an
intuitive, empowered employee. It’s hard to keep up with the buzz, the fad
However, intuition is no fad. It’s an EQ competency, and EQ matters
more to your career success and life happiness than your IQ. And the good
news is EQ can be developed over your lifetime.
Do you “have” intuition? I’ve never coached anyone who didn’t have
some. They just needed to hear it described so they realized they’d always
gone on hunches, and gut feelings, and survival instincts, and, yes, even
All too often this comes out when we say,
- I knew... the market was going to fall
- I knew... she wasn’t the woman for me
- I knew... he was a crook
- I knew... it would never work out
- I knew... better than to do that
Until you get acquainted with your intuition, that phrase will most
often come out as a V-8 afterthought – “I coulda used my intuition!”
Intuition can be defined as knowing about something in “other than
cognitive” ways – knowing without knowing how you know. If you develop
your intuition instead of regretting you didn’t use it, you’ll be saying,
“My intuition says go with it!” and “Sorry, but I’m going with my hunch on
How do you develop your intuition? Professional Intuition Coach, Nancy
R. Fenn (www.bemyguide.net),
offers the following beginning exercises:
- When the phone rings, guess who’s calling before you pick up the
- If a tool or article is missing, let it “come to you” while you go
on about your business.
- Before you get the mail, decide on at least one item that will be in
- Guess what time your spouse, child or roommate will walk in the
- At any given time during the day, relax and try to guess exactly
what time it is without looking at your watch or a clock.
Here’s an exercise from Nancy: “Think of a problem you’re having that
you’d like guidance on. Stand perfectly still and see what changes first
in your environment, i.e., dog barks, curtains blow in the wind, ambulance
goes by, baby laughs, leaf falls to the ground, bird fly overhead to the
left. Interpret this event symbolically as the answer to the question.”
What an exercise like this does, is force you to still the logical,
rational and very limited neocortex, so other parts of your brain can
Work with an intuition or EQ coach to develop your intuition. People
who’ve developed theirs say they know it’s intuition because they feel
absolutely sure. What a great feeling!
©Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach,
Nancy R. Fenn, the intuition coach,
Emotional intelligence coaching to enhance all areas
of your life – career, relationships, midlife transition, teamwork,
resilience, focus, intuition.
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