Monday August 18, 2014
It was founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, who once said “intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work”. It’s this intuition that drove the business philosophies which still live on in the organisation today, the ones which are credited to the company’s global success.
Intuition is not a step-by-step guide. It’s not logical, rational, and cannot be explained; yet it feels right. It’s our inner knowing which is always there, reading every situation and giving us the all too familiar hunch when something isn’t quite right; without the need for reasoning or explanation.
In our super connected world, however, it could be said that we are creating more road blocks when it comes to listening to our intuition. Our busy schedules, over-flowing inboxes and buzzing smartphones can all cause us to ignore the inner voice.
Perhaps then this is the reason as to why so many people are appointed into a position only for it to be a failure? That when interviewing candidates for a role, even though something doesn’t feel quite right, the job is offered anyway because ‘we don’t have time to search any longer’? It is these situations where hurried decisions are made, and that inkling is ignored; ultimately having a big impact on your bottom-line.
With replacing exiting employees costing £30,614 each, as reported by Oxford Economics earlier this year, it’s time to stop dismissing our intuition. To do so you must acknowledge not only your needs, but those of the organisation and therefore consider the following:
- Know what you stand for - by having an established culture and strong set of values, people will know what you are all about and why you do what you do. You’re looking for candidates which will share these values, and be motivated by the success of the business
- Define exactly what it is you need - assess the role in question and whether it is really necessary, if it is map out what the ideal candidate, experience and knowledge looks like
- Having a great interview process - ensure you are asking all of the right questions including those specific to your culture and values. Make sure you allow time to listen and probe further so you have everything you need to know
By knowing exactly what it is you’re looking for, next time your intuition starts chattering away, you will have no reason to ignore it.
Are you listening to your intuition?