Developing iNtuition

Type develops. Like a tree grows, so does our awareness of and comfort with all of the mental functions (Sensing, iNtuition, Thinking and Feeling). And while growth and development can happen organically—at their own pace, we can also approach our Type development with some intention and design. So how (and why) would you go about developing iNtuition?

The iNtuitive function helps us discover and consider possibilities—all the ways in which we might change a situation, our approach, or other people’s attitudes. The iNtuitive function helps us see what is not evident and might go against our natural assumptions. With iNtuition we see patterns suggested in the whole and project them into a possible future. The iNtuition function gives us abstraction, imagination, inference, theory, and originality.

Individuals with well-developed iNtuition tend to be:

  • Imaginative, future-focused and visionary
  • General, figurative, and big-picture when they speak
  • Generators—writers and/or talkers—of concepts, trends, and patterns
  • Sources of new ideas and multiple courses forward
  • Curious about future possibilities

Organizations with well-developed iNtuition tend to have:

  • A well-defined, future-focused vision that unites the organization
  • An ability to conceptualize possibilities—both good and bad—and plan for them
  • A sense of the future and the possibilities within it that await cultivation
  • An innovative way—or many—to project its face to the world and thrive in the marketplace
  • Historical events and past performance details placed in the context of future trends and longer-term metrics

Individuals with under-developed iNtuition tend to be:

  • Unimaginative
  • Pessimistic with a negative or overwhelming vision of the future
  • Distrustful of future possibilities
  • Blind to the patterns they may find themselves in, focusing instead on individual cases, mistakes, or problems

Organizations with under-developed iNtuition tend to have:

  • Stale or outdated products or services
  • No unifying vision
  • Tactics that are not wrapped up into a larger strategy
  • A discounting or distrusting opinion of visionaries and change advocates within the organization–labeling them as dreamers or airheads

The following are ideas to use in helping individuals improve access and skill with the iNtuition function:

  • Find a new idea or vision that constitutes a change, and champion its consideration or adoption.
  • Examine and talk about a theory, trend or model that underpins an idea or proposal.
  • Conceptualize your life/career in one year, five years, ten years—write down or discuss and brainstorm these ideas.
  • Imagine at least two different possibilities for what a statement or action might mean.
  • Picture a completed or achieved goal. What does success look and sound? Let this vision inform and fuel your actions.
  • Let your mind wander/daydream into the future.
  • Brainstorm possibilities.
  • Generate three more options than you think you need—stretch possibilities you are considering.
  • Have a discussion that flows from one topic to another.
  • Ask someone an open question and follow up their answer with another question.


Type Development WorkbookThe material in this blog are excerpted from OKA’s Type Development Workbook, by Hile Rutledge. For more information on this and other OKA Type resources, click the workbook image to visit OKA’s online store.





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