I think people build structures around it [decision-making] to justify what is often based on intuition. If I go back to my experience in government, how much of the decision-making process is really intuition-based! By ignoring that and by pretending it’s based on other things, people are not extending their intuition.
I just know what is right and it is a real process trying to convince other people that it is right. It is not that I do not care about other people’s opinion. It is very difficult for other people because I cannot explain it and it looks like I am being stubborn. I just know that is absolutely the right thing to be doing and there is no other way because if you do other things you are going to mess it up.
I have been a director for eight years now and tend to know the types of feelings that you get about things – which ones you should pursue and which you should not. It is not fool-proof – but I think it is pretty accurate, say 80% of the time. The problem is I have not always followed through on it.
I was always intuitive, but I did not recognize it as being intuitive. I used to get terribly frustrated because I just knew things, but I was not very articulate.
I was dyslexic, could not read or write virtually, which caused huge frustrations for me. I now think that intuition is just a different school of learning from what the stereotypical schools offer. I think schools must be very limited because they focus so much on logic-type thinking.
Gut-feel people are not aware of the way in which they make decisions. They simply know what to do. Analytical people can usually tell you in fair detail what went through their heads. We actually lack vocabulary to describe the intuitive process.