Strategic Intuition was written by William Duggan who is an associate professor of management at Columbia University Business School. He teaches strategic intuition in graduate and executive courses. In addtion, he has 20 years of experience as a strategy advisor and consultant and is the author of The Art of What Works.
The book is comprised of the following chapters:
- Flash versus Blink
- Revolution on Earth
- Two Halves of a Brain
- Lieutenant M Saves Your Life
- The Corsican Conquers Europe
- Warriror Buddha
- Gates and the Google Guys Go for It
- Mouse, Minister, and Moneylender
- Picasso Dines with an African Sculpture
- Do We Do Dewey?
- Kennedy Shoots for the Moon
The book explores strategic intuition, which is when we have flashes of insight that give us an idea for action. Many of our best ideas come to us in the shower, at night, or when we least expect it. When this happens, we are able to connect the dots.
Over the past 10 years, the author has performed research on strategic intuition. In this book, he shares with the reader how strategic intuition has been a part of great achievements throughout our history. To illustrate his research, he explores historic moments such the scientific and computer revolutions, woman's suffrage, the civil rights movement, modern art, and microfinance in poor countries.
To put strategic intuition into perspective, brain science shows us that we have three kinds of intuition. Ordinary intuition is just a gut instict. Expert intuition is when you make quick judgments because you recognize something familiar. Strategic intuition is a flash of insight that may help you solve a probem that you have been thinking about for some time.
Flashes of insight can help you in any situation when you need to be innovative, entrepreneurial, or creative. The author helps you to better understand when flashes of insight can occur so you can make better decisions.
To become a stronger leader, it is important to harness what the author discusses in the book. At the same time, you learn about human history from a unique perspective. So, it is an interesting read.