Let’s look at intuition — as ability you can groom and master, and product of your ALOHA spirit-spilling — in alignment with our 9 Key Concepts.
“It is by logic that we prove, but by intuition that we discover. To know how to criticize is good, to know how to create is better.” — Henri Poincaré
Key 1. The Aloha Spirit
To know yourself better, and to know others better through ALOHA, is a matter of how you can master having, and giving unconditional acceptance. You accept ‘as is’ as a place to start, for if intuition is a product, unconditional acceptance isn’t just a static thing: Spirit-spilling is active sharing, it looks for connection between people.
“Built into you is an internal guidance system that shows you the way home. All you need to do is heed the voice.” — Neale Donald Walsch
Key 2. Worthwhile Work
The best work we can do, is work which is steeped in self-trust, for it will constantly move us forward to that discovery of our HO‘OHANA, our work of complete intention. The work we ‘get to do’ becomes the work we want to do, feeling that it completes us as the work we were meant to do.
“It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my Intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.” — Jonas Salk
Key 3. Value Alignment
One of the things I value most about intuition is its speed: Intuition is quick!
“There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.” — Malcolm Gladwell
There are at least 3 place-holders for our values (in the context of healthy work):
- Individually — by you, and in what you believe in
- Organizationally — by your company, and in company culture
- In Living History — by your community, and its heritage, traditions, conventions, and active culture, largely determined by Sense of Place.
We’ll instinctively seek our sense of belonging in each of these places, and trusting in our intuition will speed up the process, helping us feel we belong because of what we bring to the table. What we bring, is how our abilities will begin to serve others once we have arrived.
“Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” — Michael Burke
Key 4. The Role of the Manager Reconstructed
Managers are largely taught to select working teams, and direct them based on their qualifications and experience with projects at hand. When intuition is valued as part of the equation, managers will also value a good balance between past history and those leaps of faith progressive change will often require. Intuition has a way of finding opportunity that may be completely new: We feel it rather than qualify for it.
“Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer.” — Robert Graves
Key 5. Language of Intention
Review those words related to intuition in your dictionary and thesaurus (or in mine), and then make your choices. Which will you begin to use in your conversations more purposefully, knowing they can become part of your Language of We? Tip: Choose the words which evoke and elicit your visionary values, the ones connected to your cause.
“You must train your intuition. You must trust the small voice inside which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.” — Ingrid Bergman
Key 6. The ‘Ohana in Business Model
Once you accept intuition as ability and product, it can become part of the metrics that all sound business models will track. To track the Intuitive Capital of your company, is to track the knowing it is certain of, a knowing born of your company’s history of intuitive success.
“I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.” — Richard Branson
Key 7. Strengths Management
If a candidate told me, “My intuitive sense about things is a strength for me.” I’d be hungry to learn more, and I’d probably hire them on the spot. That’s a statement of confidence and self-assurance, and it tells me that person can tap into their intuition for its bountiful human energies.
“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
Key 8. Sense of Place
In my experience working with them, intuitive people connect to place quite easily, and they respect it. They don’t require that much logic and order in their places either, for they have an ability to accept chaos as a temporary state of serendipity and movement. Place is alive.
“Synchronicity is choreographed by a great, pervasive intelligence that lies at the heart of nature, and is manifest in each of us through intuitive knowledge.” — Deepak Chopra
Key 9. Palena ‘ole, Unlimited Capacity
Consider your four-fold capacity with the self-mastery of intuition-as-ability as your lens: How will you grow your intuitive sense physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually? This is a big question for many of us, and intuition does a fabulous job of helping us prioritize our efforts where they’ll serve us best; we say no to shoulding and other restrictions.
“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda
A hattip to Angela Artemis, author of The Intuition Principle, who had collected these quotes on intuition, and published them on her blog: 25 great Intuition Quotes from some of the greatest minds.
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How we use the 9 Key Concepts within Managing with Aloha:
You can employ these 9 Key Concepts in one of two ways.
Use them as a learning construct (as we do on this site, by using them as our categories), or apply them to your own business model and entrepreneurial pursuits.
Alaka‘i Managers do both, using the 9 Key Concepts to learn, and to design strategic approaches to the work at hand (for their workplace locations and missions differ). They ask themselves a series of questions for each of these concepts, and their day-to-day work gets shaped by their individual answers:
- How does this conceptual conviction support our values?
- How does this support our mission (i.e. current work) and our vision (i.e. our best possible future)?
- How can I help the work make sense, using this concept to continually improve our systems and processes?
- How will this conceptual conviction fuel positive energies, helping us grow and get better as human beings?
- What more can we learn about this?