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For men only...

You must train your intuition-you must trust the small voice inside you
which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide.
-Ingrid Bergman, movie star

This book would not be complete without some observations on how women
make more and better use of intuition. Even today, in the modern world,
men are more likely to be raised to pay little attention to their emotions-
especially Gutfeeling, intuition, and inner feelings. More and more male
managers are able to escape this trap. That says a lot about our society. It is
gradually changing-and about time, too!

Women do pay more attention to their emotions than men. They are able to
combine their thought processes with their intuitions. They do this, I believe,
"instinctively." This is not to say that women are not capable of cold, hard,
analytic, so-called "scientific" thinking. But they seem able, even in the
midst of tremendous social pressures, to maintain their "Emotional
Quotient." And merge it with their modern business thinking.

Are women superior to men when it comes to listening to their Gutfeeling? I
would have to answer yes. I also have many male friends who have told me
that women managers have given them astonishing insights into the
problems they had-especially if there was an emotional dimension to them.
In fact, many men have come to rely on the input of female judgement in
this area.

Is there a moral here? Yes. If a man is not listening to his Gutfeeling, he
would be well advised to take counsel in this area. He should connect with a
woman whose judgement he trusts. He will be amazed at the emotional
insights the opposite sex can offer. They could be applied to a simple,
straightforward business plan. Or a complex merger or two totally different
departments or companies. If a man is not too bull headed, or afraid to take
counsel from a woman, he should learn to listen to his female colleagues.

There are many instances in modern business, where a woman's words
about a business plan have been almost visionary. They see things men do
not, and make plans using considerations that are often ignored by males.
Part of listening for your own Gutfeeling should be listening to what women
have to say about the same things. Don't be afraid! It won't hurt too much!

When was the last time you really listened to a woman's viewpoint
about your business plan? Seriously now?

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