Much of what used to know about the rules of engagement is simply not true anymore, thanks to the pandemic. Some of what you used to know is no longer accurate or relevant, as the current events have been unfolding rapidly. For example, can you still answer with confidence…
…What is the best area to stay in NYC? (I’m sure you’d have to think twice these days.)
…What is your favorite place to eat? (Is it even open now?)
…What can you do this weekend with your friends? (Are your friends around, or did move because of current events? Are they open to getting together?)
…How does the new person at your work meet the rest of the team?
…How will your kids be educated this year?
…What is the best way to meet someone new?
…How do you plan a third date?
…Are you going on vacation?
Answering these questions may have been effortless in the past, and now, we pause.
This thinking and planning takes up energy and “mental space”. We no longer have all the proven and tested solutions that work; we must figure out the new answers as we go, with flexibility to rapidly change course as the circumstances change.
How can analytical thinkers and navigators ease into wayfinding – “knowing as we go”, vs. always “knowing before we go”?
How do we ease into uncertainty without being tremendously uncomfortable or overwhelmed by too many new decisions and plans that need to be figured?
I’d like to share some ideas with you about easing into wayfinding, based on a corporate workshop we taught for a group of analytical thinkers about a year ago:
And also, here are some ideas to manage your “mental space”, at the time when it is being taxed more than ever:
Becoming comfortable with wayfinding is a process, not an event, so there are no simple bullet point directions, but more like ideas to experiment with.
Speaking of changing plans, I was supposed to be in Vancouver this week, at the Academy of Management conference, co-presenting a paper on advantages and disadvantages of AI vs. intuitive wayfinding under conditions of uncertainty. And celebrate with colleagues a publication of our Handbook of Intuition Research as Practice (if you’re interested to see the chapter I co-authored, Intuition: Scientific, Non-scientific, or Unscientific?, request a free e-copy here.)
Where were you planning to be this week, before the current events unfolded?
Stay well, and please, stay in touch!
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FIGURING IT OUT TOGETHER:
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I added a new coaching offer for the time-being: Let’s Just Talk, a one-hour lower priced coaching session with no strings attached, so you don’t have to wait for exploding eggs, or so that we could deal with the epic mess of the explosion together.
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One of my favorite workshops to teach is “Intuition: Myths, Science, and Practice”. I’ve taught it to software engineers, financial analysts, entrepreneurs, lawyers – analytical thinkers interested in developing their sensory capacities to understand and use their intuition more effectively. One-on-one skill development, private groups, corporate workshops. Understand what scientists and practitioners know about intuition, and learn to use the body as a sensor for information that is not accessible through step-by-step reasoning. Please pm me or email at Alina@AlinaBas.com for more info.