How Does Intuition Manifest? Gut feeling - feeling in the body 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
Can not occur without attention/focus Requires practice/repetition Fundamental precept of meditation training is the development of attention/focus through repetition
Emotions are in a constant state of change Emotional level is where “emotional baggage” is stored. If depressed, the emotional level is full. Are you exuding joy? Are you exuding anger? What are you sharing with others? Are you thinking negative thoughts about someone in the office? People feel the negative vibe. Emotional full people fill a room. It is important to keep your own energy space clear. Breathe. Take a walk or a swim or listen to soothing music. A logical thinker will not be aware of this level but avoidance leads to breakdown. For example, a wife who always has the emotions does not allow her husband to feel his own. John Gray, Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus.
it is contaminated by feelings, emotions, prejudices, blind spots, denials, projections, paranoias, phobias, fears, regrets, guilts, worries, anxiety, and the fearsome specters of poverty, old age, sickness, death, failure, rejection, loss, and disaster. In addition to all the foregoing, the mind has also been innocently and erroneously programmed by endless propaganda, political slogans, religious and social dogmas, and continual distortions of facts, not to mention falsifications, errors, misjudgments, and misinformation.” For example, you may be a manager that wants an employee to produce a certain way, and you are frustrated with their conduct. First thing to understand is that you’re responsible to them, not for them. A good manager tries to create awareness in an employee. For example, are they so clear about what their job is that they can see if they are succeeding or failing without having to ask someone or without having someone tell them? Until one is able to get to that place, a management’s judgment on a performance evaluation is useless as well as discouraging. It neither corrects nor motivates. If you are a good teacher and able to supply an employee with this awareness and they still never “get it”, then it is your responsibility to let them go as a decent human being. If they are aware and know what their job is, the next question is whether there is anything you are doing that is killing their desire to perform? If a manager has checked his or her head and understands that this employee is aware of their job and is not being demotivated by the manager, then the responsibility lies squarely with the employee. So again, if they never “get it,” let them go, and if they do “get it” but choose not to deliver it, and it’s not because of you, then it is also time to let them go. Don’t think that you can jam a round peg in a square hole or change somebody so they will fit. Both are a waste of your time and no journey you want to be a part of.]
Intuition, by Rosella
Working with Your IntuitionAll Hands MeetingNov 12, 2010Rossella DericksonRossella@Corporate-Wisdom.comwww.Corporate-Wisdom.com
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 inthe company www.Corporate-Wisdom.com. Over the past 5 years, organizations withwhich 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 learningthrough webinar, video conferencing, telepresence and in person sessions. Rossella has launchedcustomized off-sites and training for multinational companies in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.Rossella holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Rutgers University and is an ICF trained executive coach.The speaking topics most requested include Mastering a Positive Leadership Style, Tools for EmotionalCompetence and Improving Business Intuition. She is a gifted intuitive, having studied Aikido withRobert Nadeau, a student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba.Rossella is a Director of the South Bay Organizational Development Network - www.SBODN.com anda recent author of "Awakening Social Responsibility, A Call to Action." For more info:www.CSRAction.com. 2
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Working with Your Intuition - Agenda• How Does Intuition Manifest?• When Do Leaders Need Intuition?• How Intuitive are You?• Engaging Your Intuition• Hijacking Thoughts• NeuroScience: Pre-Frontal Stress Vs. Milky Way Intuition• Labeling and Re-Appraisal• Intuitive Empathy• The Heart / Mind• Decision Making With Intuition• Circles of Change Using Intuition• Flow / Close
Intuition Defined Comprehension without the use of reasoning. Intuitive information is not received by your 5 senses. It sometimes 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 use our rational mind to interpret the impression.
How Does Intuition Manifest? Gut feeling - feeling in the body Mindperception - Ability to put all the information together without all the “facts,” quantum leap Audio perception - Hearing the meta-messages when someone is speaking Exercise: Ancient Chinese divination tool: • Think of a dilemma. • Toss the coin. • What is your emotional response?
When Do Leaders Need Intuition?Ron Schultz, in Unconventional Wisdom,interviewed what he termed “twelveremarkable innovators.” In their ownwords, they explained how intuition canrevolutionize decision-making.When is intuition most helpful toleaders? 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
How Intuitive Are You? Check-in How intuitive are you (on a good day)? How intuitive are you (under pressure)? How do you use intuition at work?
The Mind Set to Engage Intuition Being Curious OpenCalm
Engaging Your IntuitionIntuition is goal directed. It’sactivated by a question askedconsciously or unconsciously.Intuitive information sometimescomes in the form of symbols.Exercise:Your eye will be drawn to see what youneed to see; to know what you need toknow….Am I on the right track with my career?My intuition guides me …
Developing Core Beliefs Unstructured StructuredHow do we lose our natural open and intuitive state?
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?
Belief Systems & Blind Spots Positive Beliefs: You expect (and Coaching believe) that you can achieve a certain outcome. That belief guides you to attain your goal. Stress/ Trigger Thought Change Negative Belief Systems: Learned patterns of defensive reasoning whose purpose is to help us avoid the appearance of vulnerability and Limiting Belief incompetence. Blind spots represent the unconscious (and often obsolete and destructive) belief that is operating behind the scenes. Learned Defense Reaction At our core, we have a very old story that we tell ourselves based on our experiences and perceptions. Repetitive patterns are clues.
This is Your Brain During hijacking thoughts. Adrenaline can do that to you.
The Pre-Frontal Cortex & the Milky Way If the capacity of the prefrontal cortex is equivalent to a single cubic foot, the rest of the brains capacity would be the equivalent of the Milky Way galaxy. Rock notes that complex problems are rarely solved via working memory in the prefrontal cortex. Here thoughts spin in repetitive patterns. Using the "Milky Way" part of the brain, we can insert an idea and then walk away. Often this "big and intuitive part of the brain" will solve the problem for us while we do something else. Consider those insights you got at the gym, in the shower.... Neuroscience Research David Rock, www.neuroleadership.org
Release Emotion / Increase IntuitionSuppressPeople feel your suppressed feelingeven when you think they are hidden.Suppression reduces the ability of thepre-frontal cortex to processinformation.ExpressIt’s an illusion that anger is cathartic-anger begets anger. Upset and angerset off biochemical stress responses(increase heart rate, etc)
Stop Pre-Frontal Cortex "Spin"Label and Re-Appraise Labeling Dyad Exercise 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 disturbance of the conflict. Re-Appraisal See it from a distance. Looking at a difficult or threatening situation and Or - reappraise and find a redefining its meaning new interpretation of the allows the threat to reduce high level disturbance of the and new neurotransmitters conflict. to connect to future states that are more positive.
Mastering Your MindNeuroplasticity Dogma for decades that the brain did not develop new circuits…fixed wiring Over last few decades proved untrue Brain reorganizes itself throughout life Stimulation changes brain structure
Intuitive Empathy 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. It becomes difficult to distinguish these sensations from your own, sometimes throwing you off center. Dr. J.Orloff, M.D. Second Sight
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. “One thing is obvious – the mind is totally unreliable… Heart generates electric field 40-60X stronger than brain. And 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.
Decision-Making With IntuitionUsing Intuition to Decide on a Course of ActionExercise:Think 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 tothe situation 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?
Using Your Intuition – Circles of ChangeThis is an opportunity to work with writing and symbols – using your intuition.Intuition at Work:Using your intuition, what changes do you forecast at work for the comingyear? Write down ideas on the handout that represent future organizationalchange.Personal Intuition:Using your intuition, what do you forecast for yourself in the coming year?On the handout, intuitively draw a symbol that represents your personal journeyor describe (writing) your thoughts about your personal journey.Share in Groups:- Discuss the changes you predict with the people near you.
Connecting Intuition Intuition at Work Personal Intuition
Are You and Your Team in the Flow? High Anxiety Adapted from Finding Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Flow Low challenge, high Challenges skills = bored High challenge, low skills = anxiety Appropriate challenge, Boredom strong skills = optimal state of flow High Low Skills
Flow – Set the Intention 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.Intention: If I followed my deepest intuition I would…