Am I An Intuitive?

When I launched my business, I noticed that reactions to my business name were pretty evenly divided. Half were excited that I was focusing on designing business systems, processes and strategies to be intuitive to their users, and the other half lit up and leaned in to ask, “Ooooo…. are you an Intuitive?”

My business foundations are actually founded in both of these concepts of intuitive design. I am deeply invested in helping people and their businesses mutually benefit each other in happy harmony, and the only way to successfully introduce lasting improvements is through actionable, sustainable, and intuitive approaches. Because, as I’ve seen time and time again, even when business structures are unbearably cumbersome because they were an afterthought, or because they were not planned with the potential for internal and external changes in mind, they have still become the norm. Therefore, new ways of doing things will only stick when they are natural, second-nature, and the most obvious choice to the user. If they fall short of completely intuitive, compliance suffers, which means that valuable resources expended in improvements have essentially been lit on fire for nothing. I am committed to making your time and financial investments in my services totally worthwhile.

As far as my own intuitive skills, yes, I feel comfortable and confident in my intuitive abilities, on a couple different levels. Personally, I believe that we all have access to an intuitive knowing, and I’ve embraced an intentional connection with that invaluable resource. I trust my guts, because I’ve experienced the outcomes of both doing so and denying that “still, small voice” that always tries to steer me in the right direction. Every single time, without fail, my intuition has been right. Professionally, I discovered my intuitive gifts of process organization at a young age , and I was fortunate throughout my career to find opportunities to grow them in every business environment that was open to improvement. My workstyle, in any job, was to learn the position for which I was hired, and then figure out ways to make my tasks easier and more efficient, so that I could take on tasks outside of my position and contribute to ever larger organizational goals. Then I got my MBA, which turbo-charged my analytical skills and highest-level strategic design thinking. Designing clean and usable business systems, processes and strategies, then, became my natural, second-nature, and obvious.

Crucial to the design process is information gathering, and my intuition is key on this level, too. Of course, gathering and measuring actual data is instrumental to designing more efficient processes, because we must establish the baseline of the current situation in order to create effective solutions that improve upon the status quo. There is another level of investigation, though, that comes from intuitive questioning, helping us to reach the heart of your company’s problems and arrive at the best solutions for you. Have you written yourself off as a procrastinator because something is always done at the very last minute, or do you subconsciously avoid that task because it requires opening up two programs, sifting through a pile of questionable paperwork, and/or looking for emails in an inbox that is overstuffed and continually receiving new “urgent” demands? Is your team consistently inefficient because they need more training, or is it because they’re resigned to looking for answers and resources in a document system that looks a lot like the thorn forest surrounding Sleeping Beauty’s castle? Maybe it’s a little bit of both! Curiosity and the right questions will take us to the right answers.

Sometimes, our wasted time and efforts are pretty negligible, and aggregate effects matter! I’m really interested in addressing how a business owner, who has two dozen things to think about already (on a light day!), is impacted after encountering hundreds of incremental time and energy drains over the course of days, weeks, and months. I want to explore both the proactive approach of building clear, intuitive systems to avoid the drains in the first place, and the corrective approach to smooth out operations that have been built upon inefficient or disordered systems.

Fortunately, you’re reaching out for help because something about your current systems still bothers you. It’s good to be bothered! If you had become totally desensitized to the challenges in your business, you might have just worked through the frustrations and ultimately reached the most tragic place for an entrepreneur: burnout. So please reach out, either by sending me an email or scheduling an intro call, and let’s design the most intuitive solutions for you.

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