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What Exactly Is Intuition and How Can It Help Make Sound Decisions?

While some enjoy promoting its seemingly magical qualities, intuition isn’t some mysterious gift or touchy-feely psychic ability. There’s science behind it, which means you can learn how to leverage your intuition for optimum results. We need to treat intuition as a strength that can be acquired and expanded by building—and making better use of—a rich […]
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Business Decisions: What Are You Not Noticing?

As a leader, you’re responsible for making key business decisions each day. But how confident are you in your ability to notice all pertinent information? If you’re like most leaders, you probably believe your perception skills are keen. As convinced as you may be, it’s possible that you’re overestimating your aptitude. “Leaders often fail to […]
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Business Decisions: Is There a Gorilla on the Court?

When you’re charged with making important business decisions, how good are you at noticing all details? If you play a sport, you’ve probably trained yourself to watch the ball carefully and to predict where it’s going. But do you focus so intently you miss other important data? In several popular YouTube videos, people are entertained […]
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Innovative Leaders: How Well Do You Know Your Customers?

Why are some leaders innovative, and others not so much? Over the past week I’ve been reading innovation expert Scott D. Anthony’s The Little Black Book of Innovation: How It Works, How to Do It (Harvard Business Review Press, 2011): Best practices for innovation in organizations suggest four distinct phases: Discover opportunities with customers. Organize […]
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Leaders Must Face the Enemies of Innovation

Innovation isn’t limited to R&D units, marketing departments or special committees. Everyone should adopt an innovation mindset because ideas can come from any corner of the organization. Yet for many leaders, this requires an adjustment or two. While it’s easy to encourage people to come up with innovative ideas, most leaders must face the enemies […]
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Leaders: 3 Questions to Ask About Innovation

Innovation is a timely thing. Leaders are expected to know when and how to change strategies, usually betting on the future before it’s certain. However, whenever start-ups clobber big companies, the writing is often already on the wall. Everything looks fine — until the day it doesn’t. Will your business be ready before that day […]
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Smart Leaders Don’t Make Decisions Alone

If you want to make better decisions, keep in mind your emotional and physical state. Awareness of your mood allows you to make more balanced decisions. I wrote about these two elements here and here. But there’s another key to making better choices. The third element that influences our decisions is our social systems and […]
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To Make Better Decisions, Check Yourself

It’s becoming clear that our mood and physical state affect the kinds of decisions we make more than we think. For example, a hungry judge hands out more severe sentences. If you want to make better decisions, you need to make sure you’re not hungry, angry or tired. Think about the last time someone at […]
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How to Avoid Leadership Decision Errors

What can smart leaders do to avoid making decisions errors that lead to business and career bloopers? You can start by reading Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath as well as Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Working with an executive coach can raise your level of awareness about your own thinking. For example, […]
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Leadership Decisions: Fast and Slow Thinking

If you haven’t read this great book on leadership decision making, I suggest you do: Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman writes in Thinking, Fast and Slow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011): My intuitive thinking is just as prone to overconfidence, extreme predictions, and the planning fallacy as it was before I made a study of […]
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