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Never Go with Your Gut by Gleb Tspirsky PhD

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Introduction

The biggest falsehood in business leadership and career advice may also be the most repeated: “Go with your gut.” Surely you hear this advice often, as well as some variations, such as, “Trust your instincts,” “Be authentic,” “Listen to your heart,” or “Follow your intuition.”

I'm deeply frustrated, saddened, and angered when I see highly profitable companies, top-notch careers, and great business relationships devastated because someone bought into the toxic advice of going with their gut. Someone returning home from a guru's seminar and starting to behave like their “authentic self” shoots themselves—and their business—in the foot. Our authentic selves are adapted for the ancient savanna, not the modern business world. Following ...

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