CADDManager on November 6th, 2008
This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series Adding Value


Intuition is the capacity of knowing something without necessarily using a rational processes. It is a gut feeling and a sense that something lies beneath the surface or behind the screen. Knowing what that unspoken “thing” means can be a great advantage to your firm.

It allows you to move past the surface and get to the crux of the situation. No one will escort you there. You have to get there yourself. Some say that you are born with it. Some say it can be learned. I think it is a little of both.

I think the more information you have the better your intuition will become. The more you think about things the better you will be at thinking beyond the obvious. The more you talk to others and get a broader view, the better you will be at knowing what might come next.

Intuition will move you forward if you use it to your advantage and don’t overplay your cards. Intuition gone wild becomes “jumping to conclusions”. By going too far out on a limb or getting to your “gut feeling” too soon, you risk misinterpreting the situation. Then you will actually start harming others.

Intuition should not be overused. You may know what might happen next, but you may not want to share that with others. Try your hunches without telling others what you are doing. That way you can hone your skills before you have troubles by guessing wrong.

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One Response to “Do you add Value? – Intuition”

  1. Francois Corriveau
    November 7th, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Define value. The 3D packages draw and print components in a certain way. The drawings get checked and marked in red to draw the component in the way they were drawn by hand a while ago. Though the exercise makes the drawing look “pretty”, is it really adding value for the time spent.

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