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Balancing Reason and Instinct

9781118077542.pdfLast fall, I read a new book along with the rest of the leaders in my coaching network of executive pastors. It's called The Intuitive Compass by Francis Cholle. I found it a fascinating book, and helpful on many fronts. Cholle lays out a reasoned and researched approach to decision making that pays attention to gut instinct. Not all the best decisions are made with information and logic alone. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Great book--here are some of my favorite quotes:

  • "The way each one of us chooses to handle confusion and chaos may have a huge impact on the final outcome for everybody."
  • "Intuition doesn't seek 'the truth' or even 'sense.' Intuition is completely open to non-sense...Intuition empowers us to operate in the zone of ambiguity and change, the exact place where imagination and genius occur."
  • "The results of a study published by Scientific American Mind in December 2010 showed that surgeons who play video games actually make 'one third fewer errors in the operating room' than surgeons who don't--and that 'video games can improve mental dexterity, while boosting hand eye coordination, depth perception and pattern recognition'."
  • In order to initiate change, "you have to show people that change will be beneficial to them; you have to make it both nonthreatening and inspiring."
  • Quote from Einstein: "Not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted."
  • "Today connectivity leads to transparency: with all the information available on the Internet, there is no longer a place for businesses to hide."
  • For the millennial generation (born 1978-1999), "time and flexibility are currencies to be weighed in the same way as money when they think about compensation for their work."

I encourage you to grab The Intuitive Compass and take your time to read it. I've already changed the way I lead because of this book (more on that later).