From Publishers Weekly
According to Klein (Sources of Power), the key to success at work is acting on one's intuition and making quick, savvy decisions based on experience and, sometimes, just a strong gut feeling. Based on his research into corporations, the Marine Corps and teams of firefighters, the author has devised an "Intuition Skills Training" program of repeatedly practicing a series of exercises where situations are analyzed for anticipated problems and possible outcomes. A significant part of learning how to trust your instincts is evaluating information and its quality related to a certain project: is it reliable, accurate, complete or confusing? Klein's approach focuses on teamwork; for example, he discusses his work with the navy, where he helped people become "on-the-job" coaches and carry out routines at sea. While Klein's example-based style is appealing to anyone the firefighter angle alone could attract readers it will be most appreciated by training professionals. The book is not as approachable as Daniel Goleman's Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, and readers looking for quick fixes may find it slightly intimidating.
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Klein, a research scientist and the founder of his own company, presents his thesis that intuition is an essential, powerful, and practical tool for decision making and not a special gift of perception or magic. Defining intuition
as the way we translate our experience into action, he shows how anyone can build intuitive decision-making skills through a program of mental conditioning. The origin of this book is interesting: the U.S. Marine Corps sponsored Klein's initial research and asked his company to develop a training program that would strengthen marines' intuitive abilities. Application to other clients followed, and this book's primary purpose is apparently as a handbook for the author's training seminars. With examples and decision games, Intuition at Work
provides instruction on how to build intuition, how to apply it when making decisions, and how to effectively communicate intuitive decisions. These ideas offer valuable insight that can be useful for any library patron. Mary WhaleyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved