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Intuition is Another Layer of Data

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Intuition is Another Layer of Data

“You’ve got to be kidding me” is one of numerous responses I hear when asked what I do for a living. Creating a niche market in the heavily subscribed field of business consultants took me years of unwavering self belief, dogged determination and bullet proof responses to the numerous rejections and disbelief my elevator pitch elicited.  My own intuition kept me glued to the knowledge that I was on the right track, that one day business would look to intuitives for superior insight into complex business decisions. Today I derive great joy in sharing that I have made a career out of what is generally referred to as “a sixth sense.” It beats the usual Powerpoint presentation. As an Intuitive, using my intuition daily to access high value information for my clients, I now and then overlook that not everyone uses their intuition to gain clarity, focus and the bigger picture for their businesses and their lives. Yet, there is a shift in consciousness around the precognitive power of intuition and the benefits it brings to the boardroom table and beyond. According to research done by IBISWorld, Global Market Research on Consumer Goods and Services, October 2015 “Psychic Services Market Research Report | Consumer Goods & Services | Oct 2015 sees continued predicted Annual Growth of 15-20% with revenue in the region of $2bn” in the field of intuitive insight. “The Psychic Services industry has grown steadily over the five years to 2015 thanks to the recovering economy and growing acceptance of industry services among consumers. Following a dip during the recession, rising disposable income levels have spurred demand for discretionary services like psychic readings. In the coming years, improving economic conditions will continue to boost industry performance, as rising disposable income bolsters average customer spending on these services. ” Globally organisations, entrepreneurs and individuals continue to experience challenging financial scenarios, with an emphasis on budget cuts and retrenchments. Increasingly companies are relying on data to promote organisational performance. It’s big business which comes at significant financial cost. But is the investment worthwhile? Traditional modes of mining information and identifying potential trends for future decisions don’t always give a 360 degree. Should more leaders in organisations be considering an additional layer of non traditional supportive data that is derived beyond the rational mind? It goes by the name of intuition and it’s been with us since time began, long before technology was conceived. It’s interesting to note that many of my client’s are successful entrepreneurs, people who are open to risk, able to ask the unusual and curious questions whilst embracing divergent and innovative ways of developing new markets, launching products and building their brands.  My cue on this is that entrepreneurs, by their very nature, are open to kicking down doors, removing barriers and embracing the unorthodox and unexplained.  That’s why they have chosen to be entrepreneurs and not be on the payroll of somebody else’s dream. Let’s look at what intuition is and why intuitive feedback can enhance positive choices when the fork in the road is uncertain: At an elemental level, intuition can be described as the clear truth of any situation. Possibly this is why many people resist it? Ask yourself how many people you know, that can hear the bold truth, and not run from it? It takes courage to look at what your intuition is guiding you to undertake, resist or believe. Not everyone is ready for the change that it brings. I advise my clients that working with their intuition initially, is more stressful than ignoring it. Why? Because it makes you...

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Women working with Intuition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Women working with Intuition

Are women more intuitive than men? It’s a question that can lead to heated debate. I am going to put my money where my mouth is and assert that women in business are more intuitively aligned to their goals, their staff and their business vision. They use their intuition to navigate each day, decision make, deal with clients and manage their staff. Women in business are not shy to share examples of how their intuition guided them to grow their businesses, challenge traditional thinking and support their risk taking. I consult to and coach people from all walks of life, many of whom are well educated, some at MBA level and others who have no tertiary education. The common thread that runs through many of the women I consult to, is that they step into the role of Entrepreneur or leader in the same way that that they raise, love and nurture their families. Boldly. How many women do you know who have been formally trained to be a mother? For most, mothering is intuitive and instinctual. Women by and large carry this intuitive energy into their careers and their businesses, in much the same way as they raise their children. Next time you see a mother with a small child, note how she unconsciously responds to it’s cries, it’s demands and it’s needs. Now, align that picture, to women Entrepreneurs and leaders that you know, who respond in similar vein to the needs of their businesses, their teams and the company vision. Take a moment to consider your own career or business path. The knowledge you have acquired. Has it all come straight from the text book or the trainer? And yes, of course we have mentors, coaches and consultants. They serve a very real and meaningful purpose, but ultimately, decisions rest with you. Armed with data, statistics and a whole lot more, are you any wiser than the spaza shop woman who sells her wares to her community to sustain her family and keep a roof over her head? She too makes decisions around stock control, supply and demand, cashflow and trends, yet she may not have much formal education. I would suggest that this business woman is working from a deeper wisdom. It goes by the name of intuition and many women give it the respect it deserves. Trusting your intuition takes courage. More especially when you can’t justify the “why” of your action to chart a certain course in your business or in your leadership style. So, to answer the question. No, I don’t believe that women are more intuitive in business than men, but yes, women do respond to their intuition, much the same way as women respond to their emotions, spontaneously and transparently. Weighed up against a male counterpart, fearful of a business decision based mostly on what his gut is telling him, my money is on women in business who draw on their intuition alongside past experience and knowledge. Make’s good sense to...

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Developing Intuition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Developing Intuition

As I write this, my last blog of 2013, my thoughts turned to those of you who will be ending the year with intentions focused on the closing off of another year. It’s a time of reflection, of looking back on what you have achieved and planning forward to what you aim to achieve in 2014. A new year brings much promise and expectation.  When many of us set down our future goals, our dreams and that which we have yet to attain in our professional and personal lives,  we may have well-intentioned friends, family and colleagues giving us advice, suggestions and ideas to help us herald in a new year with fresh beginnings. As an intuitive and coach, my work is about helping others to find the right path to bring fulfilment, success and personal growth into their lives and their careers. By using our individual deep seated wisdom and innate intuition, we have an ever present supply of intuitive support and insight that guides and steadies us as we build our dreams and achieve our ambitions, whilst giving us clarity at times when the road seems rocky and uncertain. So, with this in mind, here are some key points to assist you to build and grow your intuition. In understanding how to utilise this wonderful part of who you are, you will find new and powerful ways to decision make, grow and expand your unique inner wisdom and ability, knowing that what you are sensing and feeling, is true to you. 1. Communication: Intuition “talks”to us in subtle ways. We are constantly communicating with others, but how often do we make the time to communicate with ourselves, opening an internal dialogue that enables us to discover meaning, purpose, values and beliefs in our lives? Practise and make time in your day to sit quietly, still your mind and focus on becoming aware of your surroundings, your physical body, your emotions and sounds that filter into your conscious mind. By practising this quiet time once or twice a day, you “tune in” to your consciousness, bringing clarity, peace and centered awareness, making you open and receptive to your emotional and physical state, whilst kindling the way you respond to people, situations and experiences. 2. Trust: Being able to trust that which you are sensing, feeling and possibly hearing internally, is critical to developing your intuition. As we practise trusting more, we also learn that we need to be more flexible and open to move swiftly to bring about change, to embrace new experiences, new environments, situations and people. Holding ourselves open to trusting more, we resist less, expanding our ability to adapt quickly to new events in our lives, enabling our ability to take risk, innovate, create and transform. 3. Raising awareness: Practise being observant, noticing small and seemingly unimportant details that would not ordinarily bring your attention into focus. By observing and not responding immediately, we learn how to be present, resisting immediate action, allowing us to witness and step back for a moment. As we practise this act of being fully in the moment, our need to control and manage all the details of our lives is released. We move into a space of acceptance and diminished expectation. Heightened awareness is a key ingredient to sharpening your intuition and allowing the small voice within to speak and be heard. 4. Validation: By following through on what you are becoming perceptive to, you validate and empower your inner voice. Much like being advised by your investment adviser to put a little more money away each month, if...

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Intuition, Soul and Belonging

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Intuition, Soul and Belonging

I am home in my small coastal town of Onrus, Hermanus taking some time out from a busy 2013.  For me, returning home is about ritual and a sense of belonging. Opening doors, drawing back drapes and lifting blinds, to allow the sun to spread its warmth into rooms that have been closed off for some weeks. Part of my homecoming ritual is long daily walks along the striking cliff paths that are a feature of our coastline. I am blessed to live in an area that is a proclaimed world heritage site and whale haven. From June onwards, the whales return to the sanctuary of Walker Bay to calve, and within a few months, they leave with their young. Walking solo allows me time for deep reflection. Yesterday, my thoughts were with the whales that keep returning to our beautiful bay. It’s an acknowledged fact that the whales return each year for they feel safe and protected in our bay.  Possibly they feel a sense of physical belonging for their period of calving.  In honour of their arrival each year, Hermanus town hosts a Whale Festival. Whale lovers from all over the globe arrive in Hermanus from September to spot the whales with their calves and to celebrate this miracle of nature. The Hermanus community welcomes both the whales and the visitors who flock to be part of whale calving season. Thinking of our whales led me to consider the meaning of belonging. Why do we humans hold such a deep yearning to belong, to be accepted and acknowledged within a group or a community?  Why is so much energy expended in striving for acceptance within our families, our friendship circles and our work colleagues? This very real need often keeps us in personal and professional relationships long after we intuitively know that they are not right for us. Working in the field of coaching and intuition, it’s not uncommon to explore this issue with my clients, unearthing why they remain in jobs with a manager or leader who fails to acknowledge them, crushes their creativity, their spirit, and instills in them a feeling of not belonging.  Poet and Catholic scholar John O’Donohue in his fascinating book, “Eternal Echoes” positions the search for belonging as “universal yearnings to discover intimacy and to find shelter for the soul.” Understanding that intuition is rooted in the soul, the place within you which speaks of truth, wisdom, compassion and understanding, we get a glimpse of how vital it is to know your own self worth, before you can arrive at a decision regarding your relationship with another. It’s no coincidence that spirituality, personal growth and emotional well being is a rapidly growing global business. More people than ever before are seeking spiritual awakening, inner harmony and answers to their feelings of disconnect. Retreats, workshops and literature on spirituality are on the rise,  as we seek more knowledge and information on how to find our core and achieve the power to decision make from a position of personal awareness. Like the Hermanus whales, who journey across vast oceans to arrive at the place they belong, to undertake their birthing ritual, we too need to do the work to uncover where we belong.  Journeying on a voyage of discovery and destination is never easy, but  once we do, our value system is rewritten and we cease to worry about what we are worth in the physical and material world. For when we truly know our authentic place in the world, we begin our intimate journey of self acceptance and feeling comfortable within our...

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Women Mean Business

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Women Mean Business

Every year in South Africa on the 9th August,  we honour women by celebrating Women’s Day.   It’s an official public holiday, devoted to women, across all spectrums of society.  Today, in the second week of the new year, I want to make mention of the unseen and largely unacknowledged community of women who inspire and humble me. I am busy creating a Women in Leadership seminar, devoted to women who lead and inspire their staff and their teams in organisations and businesses in South Africa.  Women in business face particular challenges in leadership roles which I will cover in another blog, but for today, let’s pause a moment to consider and honour who we are as women,  what we represent to our families, our friends, our colleagues and our clients.  Women’s Day is distinctly different in context to Mother’s Day, a day when we honour our mother’s with small gifts, cards and tokens of love and appreciation. Women’s Day is a celebration of woman in all her myriad roles. Women who have dreams, goals and desires, women from all walks of life, many of whom are well educated and others who have never opened a book, nor held a pen in their hands.  Wherever you travel in this vast  land of ours,  you will see women toiling in fields, sweeping their yards, opening their spaza shops, making cement blocks to build homes for their families, walking their young to school, carrying water in buckets or woodpiles on their heads.  These women are strong, courageous and inspirational.  These are the women of Africa who, although they might not hold degrees nor have certificates to frame and hang in offices, are the backbone of their families, communities and small business enterprises.  They are women entrepreneurs who wake at dawn each day knowing they have mouths to feed, children to educate and dreams and goals to achieve. Women deep with wisdom and intuitive knowledge of their purpose, place and commitment to their task. Forbes Magazine annually lists the world’s 100 most powerful women.  These are women who have achieved great ambitions, earned millions of dollars and have serious media coverage.  That’s why they make it into Forbes coveted list each year.  Women who have broken through glass ceilings, have sacrificed much, worked agonisingly long hours, studied hard and achieved much.  These women mean business.  Their journeys have seen them overcome many obstacles, prejudices and possibly gender bias issues, to arrive at the pinnacle of their careers. Our women in Africa mean business too.   Their journeys are no less challenging. You might not see them on Forbes list, but that does not mean their contribution is less meaningful or inspiring to a younger generation of women.  The African Development Bank Group in 2013 noted that  the informal sector contributes around 55 per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and 80 per cent of the labour force, with nine in 10 rural and urban workers having  informal jobs in Africa, with most employees being women and youth. So when the 9th of May 2014 ushers in a day of rest for the women of South Africa, let’s raise our voices and give thanks to these remarkable...

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