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Intuition, The Leading Edge for You and Your Clients


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Foster the intuitive zone, access wisdom on purpose, be powerfully inspired, and allow an inner knowing for you and your client. Decisions don’t need to be made but become known as natural next steps.

Bio: Rossella Derickson, principal of, has translated her business and organizational experience into Wisdom in the Workplace, consulting, training and coaching modules that support healthy group and company dynamics.

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Intuition, The Leading Edge for You and Your Clients

  1. 1. Intuition: Leading Edge for You and Your ClientsSBODNAugust 1, 2011Rossella
  2. 2. Bio: Rossella Derickson, ICF Trained Coach Rossella Derickson, a biochemist, has 22 years experience leading sales, marketing, and project management teams with P&L responsibility. She is a founder and a principal in the company Over the past 5 years, organizations with which she has worked include Cisco, Stanford University, Phoenix Technology, PARC, eGain, Formfactor, Morrison and Foester, Santa Clara County Executive Office, Applied BioSystems, Amgen, Kodak, and Hitachi.Rossella brings a centered style to help clients open up to deal with challenges. She brings clarity andproblem solving approaches through tools learned through formal training and practical experience.Rossella has translated her experience into Wisdom in the Workplace training modules to supportleadership and emotional intelligence development. She utilizes Kotter and Nadler change models,depending upon the organization’s need for vision or business alignment. She facilitates learning throughwebinar, video conferencing, telepresence and in person sessions. Rossella has launched customizedoff-sites and training for multinational companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.For 8 years, Rossella held the position of Director of the South Bay Organizational Development Network, – a forum for live and virtual events bringing thought leaders in OD, training, and coaching.Rossella holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and is an ICF trained executive coach. Sheis a gifted intuitive, having studied at Esalen and Aikido with Robert Nadeau, a student of Aikido founderMorihei Ueshiba. Rossella is an author of "Awakening Social Responsibility, A Call to Action." 2
  3. 3. When Do Leaders Need Intuition?Ron Schultz, in Unconventional Wisdom,interviewed what he termed “twelveremarkable innovators.” In their own words,they explained how intuition can revolutionizedecision-making.When is intuition most helpful to leaders? when there is insufficient data, or not enough time to gather the data when there is too much information, or the data is conflicting when data seems to support several options equally
  4. 4. Check-in: How intuitive are you (on a good day or under pressure)?Intuition Defined - Comprehension without the use of reasoning. Itsometimes comes in the form of symbols.Intuition is a “physical state.” Laura Day, author of Practical Intuition,states that the normal, waking cognitive “filters” are down. Then we useour rational mind to interpret the impression.
  5. 5. Western - Eastern ConvergenceNeural pathways Energy/ Life ForceBrain Waves ConsciousnessNeurotransmittersElectromagnetic field
  6. 6. How Does Intuition Manifest? Mind perception - Ability to put all the information together without all the “facts,” quantum leap Audio perception - Hearing the meta-messages when someone is speaking Gut feeling - feeling in the bodyExercise: Ancient Chinese divination tool:• Think of a dilemma.• Toss the coin.• What is your body/gut response?
  7. 7. Gamma Insight EffectInsight Alpha Insight Effect The aha moment–when an answer pops into our head seemingly out of the blue. happens in a small fold of tissue on the surface of the right hemisphere called the anterior superior temporal gyrus. It is taxing to the brain so occurs when the brain is relaxed through daydreaming, showering, gym
  8. 8. Engaging Your IntuitionIntuition is goal directed. It’s activated by aquestion asked consciously or unconsciously.  Unconscious question: (For example) Why does It always seem like it is my fault when I argue with my boss?Intuitive information sometimes comes in theform of symbols.Exercise:Your eye will be drawn to see what you need tosee; to know what you need to know….Am I on the right track with my career?My intuition guides me …
  9. 9. Developing Core Beliefs Unstructured StructuredHow do we lose our natural open and intuitive state?
  10. 10. The Hijacking Brain Threat vs. Reward- Much of our motivation driving social behavior is governed by an overarching organizing principle - to minimize Neuroscience Research threat and maximize reward. David Rock,
  11. 11. Hijacking ThoughtsHow many of your 168 hours were lost this week? Hrs / week Hrs / weekBeing better than _______ Telling untruths ______Being not as good as _______ Thinking about revenge ______Being pessimistic _______ Thinking of enemies ______Judging yourself _______ Thinking of lost opportunities ______Pleasing friends _______ Thinking of resentments ______Pleasing people at work _______ Trying to control others ______Pleasing your family _______ Thinking about how unfairRegretting old failures _______ things are ______Replaying old hurts _______ Worrying about whatReplaying conversations _______ might happen ______Exercise: What thoughts hijack you and your intuition?
  12. 12. Shifting Hijacking Thoughts Label and Reappraise Stress (Boss communicates harshly) Hijacking Thought Negative Belief Brain/PFC SpinExamples of Negative Beliefs:I always do it wrong.No one listens to me.I dont belong. Learned Defense Reaction (Speak up, Don’t speak up, etc)Coaching:I can do it right.I listen to myself.I belong.
  13. 13. Get Out of Your StoryLabel and Re-Appraise Labeling  Discuss Naming the feelings that have occurred and looking What thoughts "spin" in your at them from a distance mind and distract you? often allows the brain to relax and to feel a sense of Label the feeling control and therefore calm. associated with the thought. See it from a distance. Re-Appraisal Looking at a difficult or Or - reappraise and find a threatening situation and new interpretation of the redefining its meaning high level disturbance . allows the threat to reduce and new neurotransmitters to connect to future states Neuroscience Research that are more positive. David Rock,
  14. 14. The Mind Set to Engage Intuition Being Curious OpenCalm
  15. 15. Mastering Your Mind Richard J. DavidsonA Buddhist monk is fitted with electrodes in Richard Vilas Professor of Psychology andDavidson’s neuroscience lab. His best-known work Psychiatry Ph.D. 1976, Harvard Universityfocuses on neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain University of Wisconsin, Director,to develop and change throughout life, something Laboratory for Affective NeuroscienceWestern science once thought impossible. Director, Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging & Behavior
  16. 16. Emotions – A Wave? Lisa Feldman Barrett Barrett L F et al. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 2007;2:73-83
  17. 17. Emotions- Awareness of Others We can’t really know what’s going on until we stop running and connect first with ourselves and then with others. Ordinary empathy is sympathizing with a friend. Intuitive empathy is the capacity to energetically merge with others and see life (positively and negatively) through their eyes, and sense the world through their feelings. Dr. J.Orloff, M.D. Second Sight It becomes difficult to distinguish these sensations from your own, sometimes throwing you off center.
  18. 18. Heart and MindCalming Both "Brains" The mind “seems to be a non-stop talking machine with a constant barrage of endless thoughts, ideas, concepts, meanings, memories, plans, apprehensions, doubts, and repetitions.” David Hawkins, author of Power vs. Force, states most of us want anything rather than silence. Studies by HeartMath The heart generates an electric field 40- 60X stronger than brain. It can be measured 8 feet away from body.Reflective Practice: Breathe deeply in arhythmic fashion. Imagine you can breatheinto your heart. Recall a positive experiencethat brings forth a positive emotion. 18
  19. 19. Using Intuition to Decide on a Course of ActionThink of a situation you are grappling with. Define the situation clearly.Think of 2 possible solutions. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. RELAX.Imagine a jacket, and associate the jacket with one of the possible solutions to thesituation you are grappling with. How does the jacket fit? How does it feel?Put on the second jacket. How does this one fit? Feel?What is your intuition telling you?
  20. 20. Are You in the Flow? High Anxiety/Fear Flow Boredom High Low Skills
  21. 21. Follow the Flow Being at the right place at the right time. Knowing what is next. Being awake to possibilities without distraction. Having a clear question and trusting the “effortless flow.”Quote by Oprah Winfrey: Find the flow and follow it. You can’t gowrong. Even if you’re in a situation where you are uncomfortable orout of place, don’t try to swim against the current. Change direction.Find the flow and follow it.
  22. 22. Flow Alignment – Google “The Energy Project” Purpose is not something you do intellectually… It comes from the core of who you are and drives your success Intention: If I followed my deepest intuition I would…
  23. 23. Wisdom in the Workplace Consulting, Training, and CoachingSenior Executive Programs Team Modules Wisdom Series Sustainable Programs Assessment & OD Work Executive Team Coaching Developing Direct Reports Core Communication Skills Developing Sustainable Strategies Embracing and Sustaining Change Individual Coaching Building a Cohesive Team Conflict Resolution Assess Your CSR Program Merger Integration Skills Creating Your Management Style Building Wise Teams Managing Your CSR Program Process Improvement On Purpose Running Effective Meetings Managing with Wisdom Team Building for Good "Right sizing" Facilitation Leading with Vision Accessing Intuition and Creativity Coaching Skills for Managers Green Team Facilitation 23