Strategic Intuition – Is it the privilege of a few ?

We often have those moments of “Light”/ “Spark” when all of a sudden you came out with just the perfect idea or plan which you have been struggling for so long, why does it happen? I have had many such moments , I am sure I am not alone. What do we call these moments? Is there a science behind this? Or is it pure luck?

If this is intuition then, boy! it quite strategic. Hey that’s it “Strategic Intuition” a new word to Google and learn (What will I do without you GOOGLE!!)

Just my Luck!! Prof. William Duggan of Columbia University happens to even write a book around it.

From his Blog : When do you get your best ideas? You probably answer “At night,” or “In the shower,” or “Stuck in traffic.” You get a flash of insight. Things come together in your mind. You connect the dots. You say to yourself, “Aha! I see what to do.” Brain science now reveals how these flashes of insight happen. It’s a special form of intuition. We call it strategic intuition, because it gives you an idea for action – a strategy.

Bingo !!

Flashes of insight are so important that scholars have written about them for centuries. The best description comes from an early classic of military strategy, On War by Carl von Clausewitz. The word “strategy” entered the English language in 1810, when Napoleon’s success as a battlefield general made him emperor of Europe. His enemies started studying how he did it so they could learn it too and defeat him. Clausewitz’s account of Napoleon’s strategy matches amazingly well what modern neuroscience tells us about flashes of insight.

Strategic Intuition, well that sure was a compelling word. A word which drifted me from the conscious world and suddenly I found myself introspecting. I knew it was something I strongly believed and felt. My intuitions have always been very strong and many of my plan and actions have based around it. But was I alone? Or are there others like me?.

Is it more prevalent in entrepreneurs? CEO’s? Leader’s? Or just about everyone has it?

Is it a Gift or can it be learned?

My search for answers is on…. Join me in this journey … do share your “Moments of Strategic Intuition”


Heena Verma

1 thought on “Strategic Intuition – Is it the privilege of a few ?”

  1. Most of time i see it as ‘Common Sense’ so answer to your question..
    Is it a Gift or can it be learned?

    “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”

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