The Pleasures & Pain of Intuitive Leadership

Examining the lived experience of strategy work

An ethnography of senior leaders might uncover a specific gap between “accepted wisdom” and “how things really work”.

That is, that

You look around and:

Intuitive strategy and intuitive leadershp iis how you survive. It’s how you keep moving forward, operating in uncertainty and dealing with resource constraints.

But intuitive leadership is exhausting. And it’s also not super effective.

It’s a kind of half-formed starting point that is a combination of

Experiences Skills Intuition

But the problem is

Previous experiene is only partially transferable Your existing skillset is only partly valuable Your intuition is only directionally correct

So you need to strengthen your point of view and your “strategic leadership”. How do you turn your intuition into something more concrete, credible and clear?

Some ideas:


This blog is written by Tom Critchlow, an independent strategy consultant living and working in Brooklyn, NY. If you like what you read please leave a comment below in disqus or sign up for my Tinyletter.