3 ways to fine-tune your intuition

Intuition involves a number of skills: close observation, careful analysis, critical thinking, good judgment and sound reasoning. If you think you’re lacking in intuitive skill, never fear.

  1. Look, listen and learn. If you want to be able to anticipate your supervisor’s and co-workers’ moves, you must start by learning how they operate. Observe the people around you carefully, watching closely for patterns in their actions and methods of communication, because the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
  2. Observe facial expressions and body language. These signs can speak volumes about what a person is thinking under the surface but may not be conveying verbally.
  3. Remain observant even when you’re swamped. When you’re working on an important project or have more work to do than time in the day, it’s easy to hunker down and shut out the world, but that’s not the best plan. It can cause a disconnect and bring about the conflicts that arise when one person doesn’t realize she’s not the only one under pressure. Continuing to pay attention and put yourself in other people’s shoes when you have a lot of work to do will help smooth relations and keep everyone happy.

— Adapted from “Gut check: How to put your intuition to work,” Robert Half International, TheWorkBuzz.com.