Don't dismiss your intuition or take it for granted. It's important and you can work to make it more powerful. We all get gut feelings, and you can be more in tune with and learn to trust them by practicing meditation, reflection, and visualisation.
It helps high performers in all kinds of fields be better – from Olympic swimmers to CEO's of billion-dollar companies. Rupal reminded us of Arnie “the Governator” Schwarzenegger’s love of visualisation and the power of seeing the future you want to create and to start living it. Ask yourself: Am I on the right path? What's in my way? How do I work towards it?
For Rupal “Curiosity is one of the core skills we often don't spend as much time on”. But it’s the difference between “knowing it all and growing it all”. We're all specialists but to be agile and respond quickly and relevantly you have to be willing to grow.
Whether it’s engaging with peers or communities, arming yourself with new skills, or just adopting new ways of thinking – do all you can to learn from new industries, people, and organisations.
And when it comes to tackling a new problem don’t rely on past thinking, explore how you can approach it, ask yourself open-ended questions, give yourself the chance to be curious and agile.
As leaders we can feel like we’re supposed to have all the answers, but no-one does everything right first time and there are no ‘perfect’ decisions.
Rupal encouraged us to take the pressure off and see what happens, “if you don't know which way to turn go left for a bit and see how it goes, veer back if you need to – most decisions can be reversed.”
But do this with a fail-fast mentality. Focus on mini experiments that test new ways of operating that won’t use up too many resources.