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MasterStart’s Women’s Month Webinar – Creating an asynchronous and agile team with Dr. Regina Cordes

On Tuesday, 23rd of August 2022, MasterStart held their first Women’s Month Webinar with special guest speaker Dr. Regina Cordes.

An internationally recognised professor and expert in organisational behaviour, leadership, and services management, Regina shared her own experience in creating an asynchronous and agile team and the importance of employee satisfaction and wellness.

Watch the full recorded webinar below

Leadership Skills Every Business Owner Should Have

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Establishing a business takes tenacity, creativity, and determination. When it comes to leading a company, you need a different set of characteristics to ensure a prosperous and healthy working environment. 

Without effective leadership, all other aspects of the business will deteriorate. A strong business leader will make sure that productivity is maximised and that the right people are hired for the job.

Five skills can help make you an effective business leader:

Communication Is Key

Good leadership is complete transparency and ensuring that all employees are in the loop with the activities in the business that could affect them. Imagine this: There have been retrenchments at a company. Of course, there is chatter amongst employees. No one has communicated anything, and now the rumours are running rampant throughout the office. This causes anxiety and distrust among staff members. 

In this case, good leadership is letting staff know about why the retrenchments have taken place (to help with rumour control) and to ease their uncertainty going forward. How you communicate this is also important. Will an email work? Perhaps, but maybe chatting to them in person would be better. 

When you communicate to employees, always be clear and concise – whether it’s in email form or face-to-face. You’ll find that employees will be more engaged and motivated once they share your vision. 

Be Very Supportive

When you think about leadership, the word ‘supportive’ isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Traditionally, leaders would assign employees a task and have them run with it. With supportive leadership, it involves collaboration and continuous mentorship.

Why does this style of leadership work? There’s a saying that people leave bad managers and not a job. In today’s workplace, employees want to feel valued, supported, and work on something that will make an impact. Supportive leadership means that you are showing a general interest in the employees that work with you, and by doing this, you gain their loyalty. 

Be Empathetic

Traditional leadership would say that empathy is a weakness. However,  in today’s workplace, empathetic leadership can help cultivate a harmonious working environment. How do you lead with compassion? By really listening to your employees’ needs. This means paying attention to your body language, your tone of voice, and taking note of the emotional tone of your employees’.

Empathetic leadership also means being present and providing everyone with a voice to air their concerns. For those who lead traditionally, this could be a waste of time. However, by actively listening to your employees, you gain their loyalty, and in turn, they are motivated to achieve business goals. 

Excellent Decision-Making

As a business owner, you’ll be making plenty of decisions – everything involving finances to hiring. Some of the decisions will be uncomfortable, which is why effective decision-making is an essential skill within the leadership. 

So what does effective leadership decision-making entail? It means a leader will look at the facts and always explore the best options when it comes to a solution. A good leader will also be confident in their decisions and never procrastinate.  

The best way to gain these skills is to develop them. You can do this by practising in the workplace or by signing up for online courses to help build your leadership and management skills.

Lessons every entrepreneur can learn from Madiba

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This month, we celebrate the greatness that is Nelson Mandela. As we fast approach Nelson Mandela Day (18 July), reflecting on his messages of hope and perseverance is inspiring and can be applied everywhere – especially entrepreneurship. 

Nelson Mandela’s name will always be held high among the list of effective global leadership. Here’s how his messages of inspiration can help you lead your business to success.

No matter the difficulties, carry on

“Difficulties break some men but make others.”

Nelson Mandela has faced excruciating difficulty but what makes him a man of honour and resilience is the fact that even during these challenges, he never gave up. When you’re starting out, you’re going to face some hiccups. During this phase, it’s easy to throw in the towel but, it’s important to think of these bumps as little lessons.

The truth is that sometimes you’ll be faced with a challenge. The important part is how you overcome this and that you have overcome it. Before you think of giving up, think of all the times our former statesman has faced challenges and how he persevered. 

Conquer your fears

“… judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

As a business owner, your biggest fear is that your business will fail. This negative thought before you start your business could demotivate you. Eventually, you’ll end up not wanting to start your business and perhaps regretting this decision.

You will have mishaps along the way. Instead of wallowing in your failures, take the lesson and start over again. Maybe you’ll get it right the next time, maybe it takes a third try. Don’t think of mistakes as ultimate failures but as lessons. 

Impossible is nothing

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Thinking that this client is too ‘big’ for you to land? Anything is a possibility. All you need to do is try. Of course, things may seem impossible because you haven’t taken action to achieve your goals. 

So how do you get yourself out of this mindset? Research what needs to be done to achieve your “impossible” task. Once you have actionable steps, you’re able to clearly realise your goals and you’ll have the confidence to tackle them. 

If you believe in what you’re doing, you’ll achieve great things

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

If you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you’ll do almost everything you can to make your dreams come true. Your passion will not only ensure that you’ll work hard to achieve your dreams but also makes you enjoy the work. 

No matter the challenges, if you’re passionate these small difficulties will be speed bumps that can be easily overcome. Dedication will equip you for the road ahead and will be your greatest asset. 

Don’t be afraid of your dreams

“There is no passion to be found in playing small…”

No businessman has achieved great success by playing small. You have to take risks to reap the rewards and if you think your dreams are too big, perhaps it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Yes, being humble with what you can achieve is good but there are times that you need to dream bigger to achieve growth. 

One day, your small business will grow. To help build a scalable company, you will need effective leadership, something Tata Madiba can teach us all. For more on how you can become an effective leader, try enrolling in short courses that will teach you practical information that can be applied to your work and personal life.

How diversity makes teams more innovative

Creating something new whether it be a new idea or concept is by definition creativity. Innovation is using this creativity to change or enhance processes, people, teams or organizations.

Innovation and Creativity

Most businesses these days are all going through or facing change. An ever-changing global marketplace is a driving force behind these changes. With all the technology available at consumers fingertips and competition amongst business increasing, innovation and creativity have never been more important.

TED Talk

Rocío Lorenzo and her team surveyed 171 companies to find out if having a diverse workforce increased innovation. The answer was “Yes”. In a talk that will help you build a better, more robust company, she explains how your company can start producing fresher, more creative ideas by treating diversity as a competitive advantage.

Who is Rocío Lorenzo?

Rocío Lorenzo is a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, based in Munich.

For the last fifteen years, Lorenzo has worked extensively in telecommunications and media. She has advised senior executives across Europe and the US on strategy development, growth programs and large scale transformations. In 2015 Rocío was named one of 25 female business leaders by Handelsblatt, HuffPost and Edition F. She is the author of several studies on diversity, including “The Mix that Matters: Innovation through Diversity,” and she leads the [email protected] Initiative in Munich.

What are the five leadership styles?

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Not all leaders are created equal. Each business has different requirements and effective business management need varying leadership qualities to ensure success.

There are five different leadership styles that entrepreneurs and managers usually use. It is important for any aspiring leader to know the different styles in order to identify their own, or to be able to adapt should the business require it.

The five leadership styles

1. Participative
2. Autocratic
3. Laissez-Faire
4. Transformational
5. Servant

what is your leadership style

What is a participative leader?

This leadership style involves input from all employees, resulting in a decision that reflects the majority’s views. For example, if there is a company-wide problem, managers will inform the staff and a majority vote will determine the solution.

Why this works

It’s a lengthy decision-making process, but it has its benefits. It improves employee morale as they are given a voice and feel like their opinion matters. With participative leadership, employees will start taking an active role within the company and are more willing to accept workplace policies.

Famous participative leaders include Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America. When Toyota vehicles were recalled, Lentz appeared on a website Q&A to field any questions customers had.

The downside is that if a decision needs to be made fast, the participative style might not work as the participation process takes time.

What is an autocratic leader?

Autocratic leaders will inform everyone of a clear goal and will tell you how to get there. Everyone understands what role they play and are provided with guidelines if they need. Unlike participative leadership, if a new strategy is implemented, there is no input from subordinates. All goals, procedures, and tasks are decided by the leader and will be delegated amongst everyone. The team faces dire consequences if goals are not met.

Why this works

Firstly, if decisions need to be made quickly, autocratic leaders can make decisions without any pressure or stress. If there is a clear chain of command in the workplace, tasks get done more efficiently. This leadership style is also beneficial if you have employees who need extra guidance and rigid processes. The disadvantage of an autocratic leader is that there is often a divide between employee and employer in the workplace. This often leads to a hostile work environment and high staff turnover.

Famous autocratic leaders include businesswoman Martha Stewart, who was once described as a “scrupulous and meticulous boss”. However, Stewart has built a global empire using this leadership style. Director Ridley Scott is also considered an autocratic leader. He is known to be a perfectionist and expects his actors to know their positions and lines. This has worked well for him considering his box office success.

What is a Laissez-Faire leader?

‘Laissez-Faire’ is French and loosely translated it means ‘do as you will’. In terms of leadership style, it’s more laid back. This approach allows teams to explore creative strategies and drives innovation. You will usually find this kind of leader in a creative environment, where deadlines are not crucial and team members manage themselves. Employees are given the resources they need and what they do with it is up to them. The leader will provide the information and trusts the team to achieve a great result.

Why this works

In a creative working environment, independence is valued. Teams are highly motivated and usually meet requirements and deadlines without any guidance. A hands-off approach makes employees feel that they are trusted and in return, feel confident in their ability to perform the task.

Famous examples of Laissez-Faire leadership include Warren Buffet, who rarely intervened in the workplace and allowed employees to perform tasks without his help.

The leadership style does have its disadvantages, especially in an environment where deadlines need to be adhered to. With the leader uninvolved in many of the procedures, employees could often mistake this as disinterest, which could result in a poor performance.

What is a transformational leader?

Transformational leadership is someone who actively communicates any changes to employees and is always motivational. Team leads are good examples of this. Once they receive a task from management, they communicate what is needed and inspire the team to achieve this goal and maximise productivity. They also offer support to individuals in a team and encourage an open communication space.

Why this works

These leaders tend to be supportive and loyal. As a result, team members will mirror this attitude. No matter the workload, tackling this project and achieving the desired outcome will be the main priority of the team. This also results in a high retention rate, as employees feel that they have an ally within the company.

Sir Richard Branson is a famous transformational leader. His approach to management is that the key to success is to ensure that all employees are motivated: “If you can motivate your people, use their creative potential, you can get through the bad times and enjoy the good times together… if your employees are happy and smiling and enjoying their work, they will perform well.”

While it is the most common style used by management, this approach could backfire. The leader needs to be sure of the decisions made. If not, the team is put in the line of fire, not the leader. Employees are also increasingly motivated to achieve their goals and will work long hours and burn out while doing so.

What is a servant leader?

Servant leadership puts the spotlight on the employees, while management is usually working behind the scenes. Like participative leadership, decisions are made by a group instead of one person. Servant leadership toes the line between leader and servant. In a nutshell, they lead with the others in mind. You’ll find this approach at non-profit organisations, where the mission is key.

Why this works

A servant leader values diverse opinions and everyone’s contribution is taken into consideration. People working under this leadership will feel that they are contributing to something meaningful and always feel encouraged in the workplace.

Famous servant leaders include Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, and Mahatma Gandhi – people who put the needs of others before their own.

This type of leadership is rare in a business environment and may not work, especially with deadlines. However, certain characteristics of this style can be used when motivating a team.

How do you find your leadership style?

Leadership style depends on personality type and playing to your strengths. You can also combine the above styles or switch between, depending on what the goals are. Online courses in management can also help you focus on finding your leadership approach.

The benefits of business management

Think of any successful business. What you see behind the face of achievement is a hard-working team using well-developed structures to ensure the most efficient and favourable results possible. All the cogs are in place, tasks are running smoothly, and the system is sustainable.

Business management exists to keep the cogs running or to adjust when one falls out of place. It is a field which is fundamental to the success of a well-run business.

What is business management?

Business management is related to the operation of all administration within an organisation or corporation. The tasks within the role include strategising, giving support to team members, ensuring the goals set out are accomplished, and looking after resources.

Essentially, a business manager is the individual who is tasked with running a business. While it might sound simple in principle, it is an enormous task and involves a huge amount of planning, monitoring, and consistent supervising.

It also should be noted that a good business manager does not personally involve themselves in every matter in the business, but rather delegates to trusted members to look after smaller tasks.

What are the benefits of business management?

Managing a business has a certain appeal to it. Not only do you get to put “Business Manager” on your business card in a fancy font, but you also get to boast other benefits which only managing a business brings.

These are:

  • Having a clear overview of running a business;
  • Fully comprehending the value of a team member;
  • Learning more-rounded approaches to managing people;
  • Developing communication skills that you’d never have before; and
  • Constantly learning on the job.

It gives you a clear overview of a business

If we narrow in to look at individuals tasks performed in business: When performing a task, you need to know the ins-and-outs of it before tackling it. If you are delegating that task to a team member, you still need to understand the basics before explaining it to the person who will be performing it.

Now, if we zoom out to all business operations: Since the manager will know the basics of most tasks being performed they will, therefore, have a basic understanding of the business as a whole and will have a well-rounded knowledge of the business.

You comprehend the value of a team member

If you have to lead people, you need to know what you are asking of them. When you lead well, you will know how to gain the most productive and efficient work out of a happy team member, while knowing what they putting in.

If you understand how important your team is, you gain an understanding of the value of each worker which will help teach you to appreciate, support and encourage them. It also means that if you have to perform the task yourself, you will be able to appreciate the weight of it in the business operations.

You learn new approaches to management

There are five different leadership styles in business management. If you are able to adapt your style to the business you are leading, you are well on your way to passively developing new leadership skills. This is beneficial to both you (as it teaches you new ways to effectively support individuals in their tasks) and your team (as they will be supported and encouraged in ways which bring out their best).

You develop communication skills

In leadership, “communication is key” cannot be stressed enough. If a team member feels comfortable in approaching their manager, they will excel at performing their tasks with confidence.

Although a person can be born with communication skills, the ability is more often learnt through good practice and consistent use. Developing communication skills in order to explain and relay information and accept and process feedback is crucial in business management, but it takes time to learn. This skill is remarkably beneficial because it can be implemented in all areas of life, even outside of the business.

You constantly learn on the job

Similar to learning communication skills through practice, there are a number of business traits which can be learnt on the job. In order to lead people, you first and foremost need to be able to lead yourself. Any self-learning is heightened while leading other people, so the experience you gain in leadership will enhance the lessons you learn.

Why do a short course in business management?

If you’ve completed a business management short course you will have gained insight into what goes into managing a business. This includes:

  • An understanding of the different approaches of leadership and management;
  • Getting to grips with important financial concepts and how the economy relates to the business environment;
  • The nature of marketing and how it is used to accomplish objectives; and
  • Entrepreneurship and how to be excellent at starting and managing your very own business

All of these skills can be theoretically taught and practically implemented in order to take advantage of the benefits business management offers.

What is leadership in business?

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How does a business maintain its vision? Through good leadership. Effective leadership in business management helps with goal achievement and ensures productivity. Leaders make sure that everyone’s roles are clearly defined while meeting business objectives.

What is leadership?

The term ‘leadership’ means something different to everyone. For some, it conjures up images of a political leader or business executive. Many think leadership means seniority, but generally, it really means guiding someone – in the right direction – towards a better result.

Here’s how to spot a leader:

Leads by example

If they are enthusiastic about something, people around them will mirror their attitude. How they approach a situation will inspire others on how to manage a specific scenario.

Listens more

They speak less and listen more. This encourages open communication and could lead to effective results.

Is a team player

Someone who is willing to ‘get down in the trenches’ with everyone else shows fairness and a willingness to achieve a great

Qualities of a good leader

Like any good craftsmen, a good leader also needs a set of tools in their arsenal to help them make a positive impact.

Effective communication

To make sure that everyone is on the right track, the leader will need to communicate what is needed. It’s important for everyone to be on the same page and have an understanding of the requirements. Communication doesn’t mean verbalising instructions but also being exceptional at non-verbal skills. This all boils down to body language and eye contact. People usually gain a first impression of someone before they speak. Non-verbal cues speak volumes.

Good motivator

There are leaders that drive their team to hard work and there are others that cheer them. The latter is the one that achieves effective results. Why? The team witnesses a person who has commitment and passion, which inspires them to work hard. This inspires everyone to do great work.

Creativity

There will be times when a challenge occurs. What separates a good leader from the bad is how these individuals manage obstacles. This involves creative thinking. A good leader is open to varying approaches to achieve the same goal. They do this while showing professionalism and confidence.

Honesty

An open and collaborative environment encourages transparency and is less hostile. A relationship based on trust demonstrates that the leader will always be honest with them every step of the way. A team with a good support system works in harmony and will achieve a positive outcome.

Decisive

Making the right decision can have a profound impact. A leader should be able to be analytical and have critical thinking to reach a successful outcome. Decision-making capabilities mean listening to others’ ideas, embracing differing perspectives and sound judgement to reach a conclusion that will help the end-goal.

Why leadership is important in business management

Having a good leader managing a business is important. The leader needs to ensure that the requirements of internal and external stakeholders are met. The leadership within an organisation needs to ensure the following:

Maintain the vision of the business

A business leader needs to guarantee that the business is working like a well-oiled machine and that it’s not steering away from its vision. This means ensuring that each department is functioning as it should and that there is an ample amount of resources available. Nobody should lose track of the big picture.

Communicate and manage business strategies

One of the important steps after strategy creation is implementation. The role of the leader is important because every level of the business needs to know what role they’ll be playing. The end goal needs to be clearly established and defined. This is easy with effective communication skills. Again, it’s not about verbalising instructions but making sure that the team understands what role they play.

Build morale

Employees are more productive if they are in a positive environment. This starts with leadership. If the team is too stressed, job performance and productivity will start to decline. A good leader will inspire the team to work hard but also maintain morale within the company. The result is high employee retention and a team that is highly motivated.

How do I gain leadership skills?

Most think that you are born with leadership skills but there are ways to develop them. To start off, you need to learn what leadership style suits your personality. A good leader also needs to practice discipline – whether it’s in your personal or professional life. Honing these skills through work experience is a great start.

Various short courses also provide insight into modern management approaches that could advance your career.

What you need to know when leading a business

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International Women’s Day is on a Friday this year. It cannot be a coincidence that it’s on Friday, which is arguably the best day of the week. Well, it could be coincidence since it’s really just the way the calendar works. Irrespective of serendipity, though, it is fitting that the day to honour women happens to be a day of celebration for workers all around the world.

Marilyn Monroe quote

And what a better way to celebrate than to give a platform to women in business who have cleared and are now paving the way for success and grace to make its way into the world of business. In this, we’ll be offering tips on how to be the best boss in a business which once before belonged exclusively to the boys

How to be the best at leading a business

Be confident in what you are offering

Have the confidence that you are exactly what the business needs. Communication step aside, Confidence is the new key to success. If you believe that you are going to do an excellent job, or if you are able to convince everyone that you can; then the odds of you flourishing and overcoming adversities are far better than if you are unsettled in your ability.

Look ahead

Be forward-focused. Remember: Any failures from the past are precisely that: “from the past”. Focus on what you have learned and know that you are better equipped because of mistakes made. While nothing rattles a person quite like defeat, nothing teaches a person like it either.

“Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.”


J.K Rowling.

Stay updated in business management

Be relevant.

Now, we don’t mean keeping up with the Kardashians. We mean stay updated with leadership techniques and methods which will take you and your team to the next level. Business is constantly shifting, and so should your tactics on how to lead.

Remember the basics of business

When in doubt, go back to basics. Remember the fundamentals of management and business leadership if you are in a place where nothing else seems valid. This concerns all fields of business such as marketing, operations, and budgeting.

All of these are offered in our Business Management short course. The knowledge gained in the courses gives deeper insight into the theoretical and practical methods of leading a team in a business to ensure the most success in any tasks presented.

Not only can you learn to manage a business for your boss. You can learn how to manage a business where you are the boss.

How to build and grow your own business

The skills you need to have as an entrepreneur are all of the above and more. MasterStart’s Business Management short course also explores how to be an expert entrepreneur and be the best boss while looking out for your team and leading diligently.

Leading a business is taxing work. Building a business is not only on a different page, but it’s also an entirely new book. When you own a business, you need to know how to lead your employees effectively as well as dealing with clients, budget, resources and administration.

Stressful? Most probably.

Satisfying? Absolutely.

Pay attention to the economic ecosystem

What is happening outside of your business is far too important to ignore. The financial state of your country could influence the way in which you guide your business and operations. If you can understand your customer’s finance, you’ll have a better appreciation of what to offer and at how much. Supply and demand drive the business and you need to know which way to steer for a successful journey.

Pay attention to the needs of your staff

This goes hand-in-hand with scaling. Keep an eye on how your staff is doing; without them, your business will collapse. Make sure they have all the resources they need. Also, bear in mind that your team members also have dreams and it’s not necessarily to make yours a reality – so find a way to incentivise their dreams teaming up with yours. A happy team is a strong team and it’s up to you to make sure they are both.

For all the women who are heading up and taking charge in business; you’ve got this and always have. On that note, MasterStart is wishing everybody a happy, productive International Women’s Day this Friday.

Reach success by overcoming your fears

You’re reading this because you want to change your life completely, achieve your dreams and reach success. Life has presented you with another one of its unique opportunities and you’re stuck in the mud. If you want to overcome your fears and reach success there’s one golden thread that runs constant, you have to follow your heart and be brave.

Letting go to overcome fear

Your fear is completely normal but it is not real. Your mind is more powerful than anything that you’ve ever encountered. It’s time you start relying on your own critical thinking and intuition to reach your goals. Starting up and setting yourself up for success requires you to dig deep and step outside of your comfort zone.

People fear the unknown because the material comforts of daily existence define their lives and give them a sense of purpose. If you want to reach success, you need to follow your heart and start envisioning your own purpose for life, through bold actions that disrupt the general status quo. Keep reading to obliterate your fear and for useful steps to reach success in life and in business.

Block negativity out

You need to start treating negativity like a light prism. Refract negative energy and start seeing the positive benefits in what you as a individual have to offer the world. Share your ideas and thoughts with people constantly. Stand up for what you believe in and have the courage of your convictions. Remember that constructive feedback is always useful but never allow anyone to bring your thoughts or ideas down in life.

It’s often all too easy to get caught up in the hype of negative energy. Influences like co-workers, family and friends can have a huge impact on your daily psyche. If you remain in the funnel with the same attitude then nothing changes. Step out of the washing drum, rinse off negativity and embrace yourself to reach success.

Jealousy only makes you nasty

Yes jealousy can be apart of the fear holding you back from reaching your dreams and achieving success in your personal life and business. People fear what others think about them because we are naturally programmed to impress and please. Let go of people that hold you back and bring you down.

People’s jealousy should be used as a tool to empower your thoughts and make you stronger. The only way to reach success is to ignore jealousy and let it be the fertilizer for your flowers that are about to bloom.

Take a giant leap not just a step

Yes, we have all heard the age old saying; baby steps. Changing your life and starting an amazing journey is all about courage. You might be thinking that you will treat your idea as a sideline project until it grows into something bigger. Perhaps you are perfecting the recipe for success. Nothing is achieved by dawdling.

Your initiative must walk hand in hand with your passion. Leap at the opportunity to change your life,  achieve your goals and reach success. Of course there are steps to follow to reach success, just be more radical about your approach and you could find yourself in the driver’s seat of your own destiny sooner than you think.

Time is valuable, don’t waste it

As mentioned earlier; dawdling won’t accomplish much. There is never that optimal moment to reach success in life. You have to grab it. With a little bit of faith and courage you must make a plan to step outside of your comfort zone and embrace a new you.

Time is the most valued asset on this planet. Don’t waste it. You only get to be on this planet once. Make the most of your time and live life on your own terms, for ultimate success in your personal life and business.

For more life changing lessons that can empower you and help you reach success, accomplishing your dreams, keep checking back on our blog page.

Intuitive people do things differently, find out what

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The Dictionary defines intuition as: the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning./A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning. Intuitive people understand this process more naturally than those people with less intuition. 

It was Steve Jobs that said:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

People tend to believe we are born and whatever we become has been a planned series of events leading up to a grand life, well lived. The scientific community argue this point down and stress that you are in control of the major decisions in your life. There is a slight problem with this conception though, the scientific community can’t quite say why certain people are blessed with a better ‘gut feeling’, otherwise known as intuition over others who don’t possess as much of the skill.

Life is like a paint by numbers kit, paint it

We tend to foster our own path in life like a paint by numbers kit. We pick the colours from our choices and live with the creation of our consequences. Humans love living in the moment and when we reflect, we get a grander sense of what this life is all for. We start challenging convention and start to ponder the differences between intuition vs intellect and all the primitive brain can do is greet you with a maze of unanswered questions.

Research suggests that certain people are instinctively more intuitive than others. Whether it be in a game of chance or buying a car, your intuition plays a role in the final outcome. If you have ever been in a state of mindfulness, pondering about this very topic, then you may be surprised to learn that there are certain things that deeply intuitive people do differently to your average Joe’s. Keep reading to see what highly intuitive people are doing to hone their lives and live within an analytical mind, creating a natural system of checks and balances that advances their critical thinking skills daily.

Intuitive people listen out for their inner voice

Before you can even conceive the notion of intuition you need to be able to recognise it. Intuition is not as clear as body language or tone of voice. It’s a deep seeded awareness that makes your gut feeling sway towards positive or negative associations. This takes some time, especially in today’s fast paced life where we rush to do absolutely everything. You need to stop, steer and observe in order to hear your inner voice. Let it shine through and guide you towards your desired goals.

You’ve heard it, now follow it

Don’t think you have what it takes? One of the most common reasons why some people are more intuitive than others is because they actually listen to themselves instead of being driven by ideology. This is not to say that one should completely ignore the analytical mind, or critical thinking skills. Rather embrace intuition and incorporate it into your lifestyle. Listen out for your inner voice and then follow it rationally with instinct and confidence.

Practice empathic accuracy for better intuition

You might just roll over into your grave if we told you that deeply intuitive people can read your mind. Even though this is not the case, intuition is like a reading that can be deduced from certain cues that people give off without even knowing it. Empathic accuracy is the fancy scientific way of saying that you can ascertain certain knowledge from people simply by analysing their body language or tone of voice. Intuitive people are gathering data all the time listening, observing and reading people for a holistic overview on how to approach a situation dynamically.

Practice mindfulness to be more intuitive

Mindfulness is not some gimmicky new age paradigm shift that allows you to become a more spiritually connected person. It’s easy to be mindful. You simply need to cut out all the distractions in your life and take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, sit on the beach with your thoughts, take a power nap. Contemplate life, don’t let life contemplate you. Go after what you want with a clear head and an honest heart and you will have reached a state of mindfulness honing your intuition skills.

Nurturing your creativity can lead to better intuition

As mentioned earlier in this post; life is like a paint by numbers kit. No one is trying to reinvent the wheel and turn art into science here, yet it is the reality. Life is an art and the science in the art plays an integral part in how you build your demeanour. You can’t just spot a colour and hope for the best outcome. Your intuition and foresight play a role in what the final image will look like. The same applies to your intuitive skills. You need to practice and nurture your own inherent creativity to paint your life’s masterpiece and guide your future decisions.

Create your own destiny with intuition

Intuition may not be present in your life currently, however, with these insightful tips on what deeply intuitive people do better than most average Joe’s, you too can live a life where you make better decisions daily. Keep checking back on our blog page for more mindful superpowers that can help you reach ultimate success in life.