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Craig Collins, JP Morgan

Craig Collins, JP Morgan
When I interviewed Craig Collins, he was Vice President, Principal Finance at JP Morgan Securities in London. I was visiting London and called Crai...

Maree Faulkner, ex CEO The CEO Institute

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.

Owen Norris, Ex Noosa Shire Fire Brigade Chief

The training that the fire-fighters have becomes implicit or hard-wired when lives are at risk. A para-military organization. When an officer gives an order of what he wants done, the fire-fighters respond. There would be times when they would have to use their own ‘gut feeling’ to draw from experience if the officer is not there on the site. If it is quite a large incident, it is divided into different sections, and officers are in charge of them.

John Walker, Financial Planner

I have a deep-seated belief that it is very powerful to guide you through life in a significantly stress-free manner and my personal frustration around it is that I do not act as if I have confidence in what I have just said.

Marilynne Paspaley, Paspaley Pearls

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.

Sue Ismiel - Entrepreneur

I’ve used my intuition a great deal now obviously all it is a bit of common sense and a little bit of research and that extraordinary feeling - gut feeling that you have that you shouldn't really ignore.

Patricia Cross, Director

Patricia Cross, Director

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.

Paul Conlon, Judge

My working life is about attempting to sum up people in the quickest possible time. I am doing that daily, in court and there is no doubt I tend to do it when meeting people in my social life. I can probably form a view about someone very quickly and nine times out of ten after I get to know the person I find that my first impression was spot on, absolutely spot on.

Catherine Harris, Board Director & Entrepreneur

Catherine Harris, Board Director & Entrepreneur

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. 

Svein Koningen, Artist

Svein Koningen, Artist
Yes, there is an inbuilt thing isn’t there? The intuition that says you have got to do something. It took a long time and I had to go back to thinking about my childhood to build up enough confidence to do it. And it is the best thing I have ever done.

Marta Sinclair, PhD

Marta Sinclair, PhD

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.

Michael Groom, Professional Mountaineer

Michael Groom, Professional Mountaineer
On the 20th of September 1991, I woke up and my gut feeling said: “Today something is going to happen and it is not looking good.”