Oct 17, 2018
Chances are, you have been told
at some point to just “go with your gut,” or “trust your gut.”
Every day we are faced with thousands of decisions, and some just
seem to come from within, or a source inside ourselves. Today, Jim
and Jan talk about what it really means to trust your gut. They
explore the many assumptions we make, why it’s so difficult for
people to trust themselves, and they share a few of their own
coaching experiences. Finally, they talk about decisiveness, and
why it’s essential to trust your team and focus on the systems that
create the environment where people can thrive.
[2:19] Over time, executives
become more comfortable trusting their gut, as they have most
likely experienced moments where listening to their gut has served
them. As coaches, a large part of Jim and Jan’s work is
reconnecting people with their gut instinct.
[4:56] Extreme statements such
as “it never works”, “this always happens” and “this can’t work”
are usually surrounding assumptions that limit the entirety of how
we see a situation.
[6:26] Getting confident in your
instincts is a process.
[8:14] A lot of leaders equate
confidence with competence. It’s natural for people to lose trust
in their gut when they are in a new, unknown
[11:52] Great leaders learn from
their mistakes, and don’t let the stress block their ability to
[13:52] When faced with a
decision, ask yourself “what’s the damage of not making a decision
now?” and the choice to process more information before you act
could be your decision.
[14:52] While some situations
call for immediate decisions, there are also situations where it’s
best to slow down and process all the variables before leading down
a path. This is where trust in your system and your people is
[19:20] The Leadership Podcast
is divided and Jim and Jan need your help! They both pronounce
coupon differently. Jim says it “cyoopon,” while Jan stands by
“koopon.” Let us know which way you say it!
Getting confident in your
instincts is a process.
“Your gut instinct talks to you
“It takes a while for people to
trust their gut.”
“Explore your gut and trust the
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