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Author: David Haynes


That inner voice is intuition. 

I am not a superstitious person, and intuition is not voodoo magic or other mystical notions.

Intuition is the accumulation of past decisions and past learning that is integrated into our 'brain' experience. So the question is, how do we harness/access that experience?


  1. Start doing good post-mortems on your past decisions (good and bad decisions). See my blog post, Making New Mistakes + Grow.
  2. Listen to your inner voice. What is it trying to say that is not emotionally based?
  3. If all you are hearing is emotion - give it some time.
  4. Focus on long-term answers, not short term "I will show them" vengeance.
  5. As with all good decision making, understand what the next step should be as well as where you want the conclusion to end up.

All this may seem like common sense, then why do we struggle with execution of the best practices above? Because we get caught up in the moment. We forget the key statement…..

What do we do after we make that emotional decision?

In a previous job, I was asked to dismiss, without notice, a General Contractor working on a project. My question was "okay, what do we do with the project after I fire this guy?" The VP of Real Estate didn't have an answer, just felt that "something has to be done.”

The lack of critical thinking and understanding the long-term consequences of the 'emotional' decision is a cancer upon leadership ability. 

This post was originally published on David’s blog Connecting the [Data]...

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       David Haynes
David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting

David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design–build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, data integration, and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and construction industry. Follow David on Twitter.