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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 8: How intuitive are you?

Intuition is awareness that a situation exists when reason or logic – if consulted – might say that it was improbable or even impossible. Do you have such awareness:

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  • In your judgement of people, do you tend to rely on first impressions? Are they usually right?
  • Do you often ‘feel’ your way to a decision or a solution to a problem?
  • Do you sometimes find it difficult to explain your intuitions to others?
  • When your intuitions turn out to be wrong, in hindsight why is this so?

Case study: Paul Getty

When I first started drilling in the Oklahoma oil fields the consensus of expert judgement held that there could be no oil ...

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