Shoot From The Hip
The best book for improving your
happiness, awareness intelligence,
leadership skills and human resources strategy
- recommended for men and women
Part I., Chapter 1
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
—Albert Einstein [Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA]
„My wife called me and asked me not to board the plane, but to take the next one, as she really does not have a good feeling about it. Half an hour after I called her that everything is fine... We just had to take a routine landing without engines as the majority of the instrument panel stopped functioning.”
Who did not meet with such or similar cases? According to a recent study, more than 80 percent of decision-makers apply intuition often or very often. So, is intuition a mystical cloud incomprehensible to common sense, or is it a defining element of our reality? If it is a part of our reality, why shall we not understand it from a scientific perspective? Why would we not improve its quality, its accuracy?
In this article series, we find the answers about what intuition is and how it works. We get tools to improve and apply intuition both in our personal lives and in our decision-making.
Our aim is to have a sudden feeling of realization and have a red light blinking in us when something is not round in case of the business indicators we analyze. We also want to just know in which direction to decide for success, like a clear beam of light shining us from the future.
We wish to find applicable knowledge and useful tools to develop our (professional) intuition to the level where it becomes a trustworthy companion in our decision-making process. With this book, we can do this with almost no effort.
As a result, we will be making decisions and lead easier and live freer by learning how to shoot from the hip.
What is intuition and why we need it?
Intuition in general, when discussed separately from the scientific definition, intuition can be described as an inner voice, a sense of spontaneous insight, a sense of anticipation, a natural sixth sense we all have, a mystically "cloud-derived" ability, a glimpse into the future, listening to our hearts, a surprising "aha" moment, eye-opening information out of the blue, or even as a spontaneous inner feeling, thought or idea that reveals something to us that we have not known before.
When talking about its use in leadership, decision-making, and all-in-all at the workplace, it manifests as professional intuition. From this perspective, it is mainly connected to what we do for a living. It explains our ability to figure out the full picture of the truth from small parts, signs, bits and pieces of "bread crumbs". It aims to be able to tell what will happen in case of different decisions we may take connected to our work.
This article series explains and helps to develop both overall intuition and professional intuition.
We will have spontaneous, intuitive knowledge, not many have around us. People can't lie to us; our success grows due to the more accurate, precise decisions we make then we made before.
While reading this article series, we will probably be sharing this with those we love and care for because we wish them to have a more meaningful life, human quality improvement, and material/ financial growth as well.
Is intuition a women's priviledge?
The majority of us believed the myth that leadership decisions have to be based on logic and logical analysis. Now we know that reality is much more complex than that. It is not a surprise that more than 80 percent of the leaders apply intuition often.
Another myth is that intuition is a women's privilege.
Based on the demographic data of those who provided this optionally (n=242) we may conclude that yes, women tend to use their intuition more frequently ('very often' - dark green column on the chart - : men 39%, women 52%).
At the same time, the cumulated ratio of 'often' + 'very often' - white column on the chart - is very close to each other (men 84%, women 90%). This means that this second myth is also busted. Men listen to their intuition almost as often as women do.
Then why do we have this pre-concept? We can only assume. Are men usually expected to be more factual and women more emotionally engaging? It probably depends on the culture and the social climate we live in. In the middle ages and before that, men usually had to swing the sword and be 'quite critically factual' about it. Still, the martial arts fighters/ boxers/ people in special forces even today explain that they have to feel the enemy and catch their thoughts before they act. Over the millennia of development we walked through, women traditionally had to continuously feel what happened with their children and get to them when they felt something was not right. Because their bodies were not as robust as men's, they had to use their brains and outsmart raw power. Today these roles are getting mixed - depending on the societies we live in -, still, what remains is that we all need both logic and intuition.
From this current survey, we now know, that we all use our intuition often, which is not dependent on our gender. This is a human quality we all have that is worth nurturing and improvement.
Happy mindset and awareness intelligence go hand in hand
To improve our intuition, we first improve our awareness intelligence (AQ), which is the mother of our precious insight. Interestingly, by improving awareness, we improve our happy mindset as well. From a professional perspective, happy mindset is built on the concrete basis of understanding human value systems - to understand people better and to be able to interact/ communicate with different types of people better -. When we get to a workplace, this is what we bring from home or from other social environments. Then we get to know and get used to the complex system, work processes, and tools, and develop a certain (job) satisfaction. When we are satisfied, we tend to sit happily in our chairs. This does not involve too much development, neither for the company nor for our career. When we start to have the internal or external motivation, we get up from our chair and start adding a "plus" to the job. This means that we do a bit more than expected. We give extra time, effort, ideas, etc., by actively getting engaged in our job. We dive into it more. This is when things get exciting. As more and more things happen, and as we take part/ start more and more projects, we need to handle them more efficiently. We experience that processing information in a mechanical way - analyzing market information line by line, reading lengthy reports line by line - takes too much time.
At that time, we may feel in our gut that we need to develop a skill that can sum the information up and simplify it to its core. When we switch from the details to the big picture, we create space around us and, at the same time, become more effective. We can lead easier and be freer. Anyway, we see that the activity can be sustained only by adding well-being elements to it. Physical/ physiological well-being (health), social/ interpersonal well-being (relationships), and mental/ psychological well-being (mental health) become essential to improve. When we rock on each of these levels, we can not avoid being happy at the end. This bottom-up method of developing a happy mindset is the most efficient to apply in a working environment.
Simultaneously, to improve in the above, we need awareness: inner awareness and outer awareness. When getting more aware of the physical/ physiological level, we can get our bodies healthier and better our surroundings. By improving social/ interpersonal awareness, our relationships get better. By developing process/ tendency awareness, we can better wrap up complex information and understand the leading strategic tendencies in our workplace, industry, and the world. Going deeper, we may as well improve our style of focus - the way we experience the world. This is our view - we might say -, the interplay of our inner projector's pictures and the movie we experience with our perception. All thoughts, feelings, and perceptual impulses are related to this. Here we talk about the more and more enfolding-, more frequently appearing experience of (professional) intuition.
To catch this, we need awareness. Another fancy word for awareness is executive presence; when the executive is in the here-and-now while he conducts the operation.
When we develop a happy mindset, our awareness intelligence improves; when we focus on enhancing awareness, our happy mindset naturally enfolds. Our responsible happiness, the unity of happy mindset, and awareness intelligence improve no matter which direction we choose. It is like having two supporting side-channels on the two sides of our backbones. We can also imagine it with the example of carrying a heavy bucket. When holding it with the right hand, we need to balance with the left, and vice versa.
This article series will improve our awareness intelligence, especially our view, to understand and enhance (professional) intuition. First, we get information to exactly know what we are doing, how it works - and by the way to be able to tell or reason to our life family, neighbor, colleague, or boss why and what we are doing -. Then we get to know different methods to develop it. And foremost, we may practice it ourselves.
Why does this author feel confident to write about professional intuition? - The author's story
This sincere author went through a professional history and relevant personal experience that made him feel that he wants to share it to benefit as many people as possible. By that, he wishes to make their lives much happier and more aware. In the end, improving responsible happiness provides no other choice.
This author made two bachelors at the same time, one in technical management and one in economics. He started meditating during college times, became nr.1. on a national economics contest, made on average yearly 70 percent by trading on the stock exchange. As his first job, he got applied to Canon, where - as the CEO said - he took over 40 percent of the CEO's tasks as a business relations manager. Being young, leading the office automation sales & marketing, he was sitting in the company's board of directors for almost four years. As a night-school, he took quanthumanism as a major for his MSc, as he was interested in the human field of sciences. Therefore, after Canon - following a short period of spending it being a headhunter - he won a job as a Human Resources Director of a multinational company Masterplast. Here he did not spend long years as he got his head knocked with Scientologists. He returned temporarily to the more business-related field of consumer electronics. He started to lead the brown goods (smart TVs, media players, etc.) marketing department of Samsung, directly contacting the EU and Korea HQ. Under his almost four years of leadership, Samsung gained market share nr.1. in all relevant fields, they were present. In his final years at Samsung, his responsibility was expanded from Hungary to the additional two countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
When he was invited to work at Samsung, the headhunter told him: "If you survive Samsung, you'll survive anything.". First, this respectful author did not get what it meant; still, gradually, he understood it. You need to have professional intuition in an environment when huge amount of emails and data is circulating, meetings take place everyday, you report every week, you are under continuous performance pressure. One can just simply not survive such a working environment and ideally go home when the working time is over without learning to wrap things up with a feeling-based conclusion that grounds on work-experience. Additionally, one has to feel from the strength and the current status of social connections, to which level one can delegate or dodge tasks. Further more, there is no need to say more than that in Samsung HQ, people call each other with titles as in the army, as private, corporal, captain, colonel, general, etc. In the beginning, this sincere author was playing the game - as he had to -, still, after a while seeing that everyone at the local company was under the pressure of the occupying Korean forces of shadow-like Korean business controllers on all levels, he started to think: "Do we live to work or we work to live?", and "Is that it? Can't making business and the workplace culture be just cooperative, happy and peaceful?".
In 2008 he gathered his acquaintances in business from different multinational companies and invited them to a cafe. There he made them a presentation about his idea: "Let us start a movement that makes workplaces happier!". He started - what later has been called - a human quality movement. Finally, with a few of his business professional friends, including experts, 20+ years experienced coaches, MBAs, and PhDs from different EU countries, forming an international team. They researched the topic of workplace well-being and happiness, HR KPIs, formed different task-groups as research, marketing/pr, surveys & statistics, training. They had to do a big job. They had to become "master chefs with a 3-Star Michelin Restaurant" who knows all ingredients and applies them in perfect synergy. They had to study all significant fields of science to be able to provide the ideal recipe for measuring and improving responsible happiness at the workplace. Positive psychology, surveys and statistics, neuroscience, the biology of happiness, quantum physics, frequencies, integrative medicine, sociology, philosophy, mindfulness and other awareness-improvement methods, etc. Slowly but surely, they started to put together a program that had the aim to transform leadership and workplace culture to become happier, healthier, and at the same time, more efficient.
To finance this activity, this respectful author took the offer from NBCUniversal - the most prominent media firm up to date - to lead its TV channels in Hungary, working directly with the London HQ. At this point in his career, this author already mastered professional intuition. While his responsibilities increased, his operative workload became much less. His people worked for him smoothly; he became freer. This free-time he used for meditation. Work became a kind of play, in which he made exceptionally high scores. Nevertheless, during this period, this he experienced events in the world that made him realize that improving inner awareness is not enough; one also needs outer awareness. As he recognized the global games of businesses similar to a cabal working together in a network as fasces for unified world leadership, he researched and learned more about this topic. He started to recognize signs while visiting the Rockefeller Center (NBCU HQ), looked up verbal patterns and hand gestures etc.; thus, he started to understand many things in global business that was previously visible-, still hidden in its meaning for him.
Earned enough and had enough after a year, this author took a one-year 'working holiday' in Germany to polish his skills by sitting down on a pillow four times a day, and to finalize and officially form Happiness Consulting in 2013, the training company he was working on since 2008.
While diving into the different scientific fields to support Happiness Consulting's knowledge base, he continued his 20+ years of meditation. This was the method of joining knowledge and experience with integrative thinking. It finally condensed into the brandy of professional intuition and further on, to a more confident understanding of intuitive insight that is natural to be shared. His work of building up the system of responsible happiness measurement and development got rewarded with a Ph.D. honoris causa. Currently, he does his MSc in psychology.
Our tool of intuitive confidence: integrative/ systems thinking
Many people have similar or the same world-saving intentions as this sincere author. Most probably, the kind reader has this in the back of her/his mind as well. We want to do something good for us all. We want to take responsibility for the progressive development of our society and our shared future. With this in mind, most of us reading this article-series accumulated a wide range of knowledge that allows us to step-by-step fulfill this endeavor. Everyone has their own plan. Sometimes, fulfillment happens with a spontaneous jump; sometimes, it follows a stairway-like plan.
On the one hand, we may expand our knowledge of areas that improve our outer skills, like organization methods, project management, lean, etc. On the other hand, we may turn inwards and improve our human qualities essential in leadership. People look up only to those with better qualities, from whom they can learn from. People want to learn from their bosses; therefore, they want/ accept only those leaders they can learn from.
The more comprehensive our inner and outer perspective is the broader aspects of decisions we can consider to make confidently.
Our integrative approach towards the knowledge we gathered has slowly evolved. It has become a prerequisite for understanding the essence of complex-, multi-factor-, multi-disciplinary structures, comparing their features, information, and benefits into a strategically inclusive solution. Meeting the needs of these evolving leadership trends, Integrative Systems Thinking has become a new-, independent-, supportive science.
Integrative Systems Thinking says that it is worth examining every single effecting factor that can influence our decision in any way. Outer and inner elements, both. In the field of analysis and leadership decisions, it expands our interest towards aspects that have not been considered till now. In the area of leadership, human/HR strategy, and in decision-making overall, it gives a greater insight into the "chemistry" of human connections, i.e., analyzing the quality of personal and community sympathy, team spirit, the feeling of working together (morphogenetic fields), and broadens our interest in the direction of emerging emotions and insights (intuition). As our interest and wisdom expanded beyond the compulsory knowledge, we more and more admired the advocates who, while not only thinking in everyday conceptual or intellectual structures, devoted considerable time to develop and interpret their revolutionary ideas of synthesis, coherence, non-duality, holism, and totality that resulted in their life and professional activities work better. We admire those who inspire and help us.
Who were these great ones who gave a push to our thinking when it was needed?
In the West, the individualistic Aristotle's exceptional thoughts and his social-minded master Plato started our western thinking. Kant's brilliant logic broke the ice of Christian doctrines by transcendental philosophy. Later, Jung followed it with his revolutionary subconscious-patterns-based psychoanalysis. The reality-forming concepts of Albert Einstein, and especially of Niels Bohr and David Böhm explained our world from a totally different perspective of physical reality than we were used to. Quantum physics changed our lives. With this, the Western society finally arrived at the understanding of reality, as described by the ancient non-dualistic Eastern philosophers. Though the East knew it all, parallel universes, virtual particles that travel in space and time, light-energy that materializes were not explained in the West until then. This wave of quantum physics was supported by Nikola Tesla's beyond-conceptual innovations.
In our modern age, the books of economist Daniel Kahneman and Robert Skidelsky, and the founder of positive psychology Martin Seligman show us the right economic- and lifestyle conclusions on the line of satisfaction and positive action.
The most respectable aspect of these noble people's lives is that they aim to increase awareness about expanding human consciousness and capabilities. Not to mention that most well-known thinkers emphasize the importance of intuition in the course of their lives.
Nowadays, the inventions of quantum computing and AI are changing our lives. Both, interestingly, consider the random decisions (not only '1' or '0' but also the 'x'/ who knows) as a part of decision-making. Random generators around the world predict events.
Probably this technological improvement gave rise to the cinematic art that faced us with intuition. Thanks to that, we found our fascinating notion of intuition in our childhood. We watched sci-fi movies like Star Wars and marveled at Master Yoda's, Luke Skywalker's, Princess Leia's and Ray's intuitive insights and abilities. How great would it be to mentally communicate, as Professor Charles Xavier does in X-Men? So many of us want to own this gem of abilities ourselves, as well. The Wachowskis' Matrix trilogy totally blew us away and cracked our concept of reality.
We did not mention the recently revealed documents of different national security bodies from the USA to Russia and other parts of the world that show: each strong nation had and has at least a program to improve remote sighting to support military or political leadership with their intuitive insights.We either arrive to the topic of intuition from the scientific-, technological-, cinematic entertainment-, military-, or the 'inner' philosophical directions, one thing is for sure: intuition is reality. It is not only in the movies. We have it, we use it - 80 percent of us often or very often -, and we can develop it.
Maybe because this sincere author watched too many sci-fi movies and read too much from Stephen Hawking's works, he would like to propose the following with this mindset.
Just as we see in specific cinematic arts of experience, in some civilizations, citizens acquire doctorate-level knowledge in each primary subject of science that exists. Similarly, we humans can copy the same. We could extract the integrative essence of the different science fields to avoid having the situation that "the left hand does not know what the right hand does". Just as integrative thinking helped the different health sectors communicate with each other (e.g., parasitology with gastroenterology, cardiology, and dietetics) to come to a joint solution in healing, we may come to a conclusion as well in terms of understanding intuition based on the different scientific areas.
Thus, we will dive into the main sciences we selected: Economics, Quantum Physics, Biology, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, and Healthy Sustainability (Well-being). It may turn out that all the listed approaches of mental tendencies point to the same universal essence. Like following any of the five fingers of our hand brings us to our palm, we may arrive at the same conclusion, any of the scientific fields we prefer to follow.
Many of us want to know right now, what this same universal essence is. We are interested in the meat of the hamburger, not the salad.
The universal essence is that the nature of reality- the world we experience is entirely interconnected by electromagnetic fields that manifest from space. Ultimately, everything springs out/manifests from our own mental tendencies. And finally, everything-, even our consciousness has a space-like property that enables things to appear. This includes both outer phenomena and inner tendencies.
Professional intuition needs work-experience and learning; still, the only and main criteria to understand and enfold our pure intuition is nothing else than understanding this space-nature.
To move forward, let us wrap up the content of this article-series.
CONTENTS - SUMMARY
How does a series of articles build a scientific understanding of intuition, its tangible benefits in decision-making, and the development of this valuable ability?
Part I. (7 Articles): In what areas does intuition affect us? - or the water lily petals of intuition
Intuition is a factor that pervades almost every area of our lives. First, we highlight some of the factors that are considered relevant to the topic, to have a multi-sided intellectual approach about it (as well). In this series of articles we first take a look into how intuition interweaves the fields of economics, physics, biology, psychology, philosophy and medicine. Step by step we slowly unfold the petals of our water lily.
Part II. (3 Articles): The morphogenetic field - the ocean of water lily of intuition
In this article bouquet we examine how and where intuition appears and why it carries the same capacity for all of us? We get to know the nature of the ocean or lake where the water lily unfolds. We examine through a series of examples the effects of the morphic field on our bodies, our biology, and we see ways of how they can be applied at the level of global projects to predict or modify events in time.
Part III. (7 Articles): Developing intuition - or the water lily garden of intuition
Here, we learn how we may develop this mental capacity to an automated level skill, similar to the other skills? How to prepare, clean and decorate the lily-lake of our decisions to be able to sense the fragrant of the water lilies of our intuition?
STRUCTURE & CONTENTS
PART I. In what areas does intuition affect us? - or the water lily petals of intuition
I.6. Intuition in philosophy
I.7. Intuition in psychology
I.8. Intuition in medicine
PART II. The morphogenetic field - the ocean of water lily of intuition
II.1. Morphogenetic field – Introduction
II.2. Morphogenetic field – Biological and chemical contexts
II.4. Morphogenetic field – Understanding our morphic world
PART II. Developing intuition - or the water lily garden of intuition
III.1. Developing intuition – Strategy
III.2. Developing intuition – Responsible Happiness
III.3. Developing intuition – Awareness Styles
III.4. Developing intuition – Subconscious mental hygiene
III.5. Developing intuition – Awareness Intelligence methods
III.6. Developing intuition – ESP
III.7. Developing intuition – Leadership practice
Read the rest of the articles on ′Professional Intuition In Decision-making′, starting from HERE.