At times in our careers, we've all been aware of a "gut feeling" guiding our decisions. Too often, we dismiss these feelings as "hunches" and therefore untrustworthy. But renowned researcher Gary Klein reveals that, in fact, 90 percent of the critical decisions we make is based on our intuition. In his new book, THE POWER OF INTUITION, Klein shows that intuition, far from being an innate "sixth sense," is a learnable--and essential--skill.
Based on interviews with senior executives who make important judgments swiftly, as well as firefighters, emergency medical staff, soldiers, and others who often face decisions with immediate life-and-death implications, Klein demonstrates that the expertise to recognize patterns and other cues that enable us--intuitively--to make the right decisions--is a natural extension of experience.
Through a three-tiered process called the "Exceleration Program," Klein provides readers with the tools they need to build the intuitive skills that will help them make tough choices, spot potential problems, manage uncertainty, and size up situations quickly. Klein also shows how to communicate such decisions more effectively, coach others in the art of intuition, and recognize and defend against an overdependence on information technology.
The first book to demystify the role of intuition in decision making, THE POWER OF INTUITION is essential reading for those who wish to develop their intuition skills, wherever they are in the organizational hierarchy.
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|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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The Power of Intuition
Chapter OneA Case Study of Intuition
I don't think you can make effective decisions without developing your intuition. To illustrate why intuition is so important, I've selected an incident that contrasts two nurses, each facing the same crisis. One of the nurses has developed intuitive decision-making skills and one is trying to acquire these skills.
The example describes the decision making of nurses working in an NICU. That stands for neonatal intensive care unit, the hospital ward where they keep close watch on newborns in critical condition.
Most of the infants in an NICU have been born prematurely. Some weigh a pound or less, and many are born with underdeveloped respiratory, circulatory, or immune systems.
Each infant is placed in its own isolette or medical bassinet, and attached to little adhesive leads that provide data to a bank of monitors displaying heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, blood oxygen level, and other vital statistics. Nourishment might be provided through an IV (intravenous feed) or through a drip tube snaked down the esophagus directly into the stomach. A thermostat precisely controls the temperature in the isolette.
One of the risks in the NICU is the danger of infection. To gain access in order to see and hold their babies, parents perform a five-minute surgical scrub from hands to elbows. Children are strictly prohibited because they are exposed to so many germs and can easily transmit them to the babies.
Homemade get-well cards and photos of Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters, cousins, and family pets are often taped to the glass walls of the isol...