Are You In Touch With Your Intuition?

intuitionmhougepixabayYour intuition is a powerful tool in your work. There is nothing lightweight about it. It allows you to understand something quickly, without a lot of conscious reasoning. Intuition is your “gut reaction” to something and is rooted in your past experiences, insights and responses.

If you are not in touch with or do not fully trust your intuition, try to alter that. Get to where you can “hear” your intuition when you need to. Sometimes, it shows up literally as a gut reaction – a feeling in your body. Sometimes it shows up as an immediate thought in response to something happening.

Then, try listening to your intuition and see how it goes. Act on it, rather than pushing it away. Your intuition is a powerful ally in your work and career!

 

photo: mhouge, pixabay.com

Really?! (#2)

laughingPezibearpixabayHave you ever experienced a situation at work where your first instinct is incredulous at what has occurred? Trust that instinct. It behooves you to listen to it and listen well. There are many ways to erase a gut reaction. By letting a desire to avoid conflict or confrontation override your instinct. By feeling uncomfortable with your instinct and dismissing it. By letting another person overpower you. By not recognizing your instinctive reaction, because you are stressed or off your game. Or, by letting fear prevail.

Your gut reactions and first instincts are allies. Honor them and listen to them. They’ll guide you to where you want to be and to your best self.

(Here’s my first Really?! Blog Post)

photo:Pezibear, pixabay.com

Are You Hitting A Brick Wall?

brick wallYou have “senses” beyond your five physical senses. Your intuition and the inklings you get in life are there to help you discern what is best for you. You might as well use them. When you don’t listen, they can escalate into louder warnings and eventually a very hard brick wall, that you don’t want to run into.

Is there anything in your life and work right now that you sense is not good for you? Are you listening to or ignoring it? These “senses” come in different forms. They can be fleeting misgivings about something you are doing, a physical or “gut” feeling that something is wrong, a strong emotion about something or fear, when you think about dealing with it.

To avoid an uncomfortable crash into a brick wall, get in tune with your extra senses. When they speak to you, center yourself and listen. Not only are they warning signs; they will guide you through the situation, if you let them. No need for you to hit those brick walls – stay away from them!

My NEW and FREE e book, Chrysalis: Personal Transformation From The Inside Out is now available. Download it HERE

photo: ermannovanino.com

Where Is Your Center As A Manager?

We hear a lot about balance and finding your center as essential elements of peak performance. What is this about?

Your “center” is the place where your awareness of yourself and what is around you is high, where you are balanced among the mental, emotional and physical aspects of your life and where you perform in your highest capacity. Keeping yourself in your center takes effort. Balance is dynamic; it is not a “once I get there, I stay there” type of thing. You need to work at finding and remaining in your center.

Do you have a sense of where your center, as a manager, is? Your center as a manager involves several things:

• The core values you hold for your managing

• Your style as a manager

• The balance you need physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually to perform at your peak

• Your aspirations for yourself, your team and your organization

• A strong connection to your intuition or “gut feelings”

To stay in your center, you need effective ways to deal with stress, methods or processes to regain your center when you are distracted from it, emotional intelligence about yourself and others, ways to keep your mind at its best (avoiding mind chatter and anxiety, for example) and the ability to integrate the various aspects of your life into a coherent whole.

How are you doing with keeping your center as you manage?

photo: tungphoto, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Free Flow Management 3 – Visioning

Free Flow Management (see previous blog post ) creates freedom for your team, encouraging innovation and the flow of ideas. There are times, as a manager, when you want to start from scratch and find completely new approaches and solutions in your work. One of the most effective tools I have found for this is visioning.

Visioning is an intuitive process that lets go of mind chatter and allows your team to innovate.  Say for example, you are looking for a solution to a design problem or are looking to find a new approach for customer service, visioning may be a useful tool for you and your team to get there.

It is best to keep visioning simple.  Bring your team together, for about 30 minutes, in a place where you will not be interrupted. Prior to the meeting, design 3 to 4 general questions relating to what you want to do. For example, how do we solve the water retention issue in our design or what is the best incentive we can give our customers. Open the meeting by saying that the visioning is intended to quiet the mind and access intuitive knowledge. You will be asking a series of questions. The team should trust their intuition and pay attention to the first thing that comes in their mind – it may be a word, a feeling, a picture – they should not judge, just allow it to come. There is no right or wrong. If nothing comes, that’s okay, too. Sometimes, it takes time to acclimate to visioning. Team members can have a notebook, if they want to write.

When ready, ask everyone to center themselves quietly. Suggest they close their eyes. Sometimes team members can be uneasy with this. At a minimum, there should be no conversation during the visioning. Then, ask your questions with a few minutes in between each one. Once the visioning is over, ask team members to share what they have visioned. Look for commonalities and record the ideas that are brought forward.

If this tool appeals to you, you may want to start on a volunteer basis with a small group. I have found, over the years, that visioning is a creative, powerful and productive tool that leads to good solutions and positive team engagement. If you have any questions about visioning, please let me know. I’d enjoy hearing about any visioning sessions you have with your team and how they go!

photo: by Stuart Miles, FreeDigitalPhotos.net

10 Ways To Develop Your Ability To Read The Energy In A Room

Do you focus much, as a manager, on the energy of your organization and team? Reading energy is an acquired and intuitive skill. When you are adept at reading energy you have an advantage. Here are some ways to develop your skill for reading the energy of your team and others.

  1. Observe, observe and observe again
  2. Trust your intuitive feelings
  3. Ask questions that bring out how people feel or think
  4. Watch body language and learn how to interpret it
  5. Stay fully present in the moment and aware of what is happening
  6. Listen carefully to the words people use
  7. Do not preconceive a person’s motives; let their actions inform you
  8. If tension rises and is obvious, call it
  9. Assess the engagement or disengagement of people
  10. Stay neutral to what is happening in the room, so that you can read it

 

photo: Idea go, FreeDigitalPhotos.net