Faithful servant or fruitful intuition?

A very interesting observation, below: Would you rather use your rational mind to be a faithful servant, or your intuition to be a fruitful innovator?Business needs to learn to see separate challenges as part of the whole | Guardian Sustainable Business | guardian.co.uk

Neuroscientist Iain McGilchrist explores left-brain dominance in our western culture. The left brain, according to McGilchrist’s findings, focuses on parts of the problem, decontextualising and abstracting the problem in a closed system. This of course, helps us analyse and find a solution to that problem. But this is a solution in its isolated closed system, not in a living, emergent, volatile business environment. The right brain is what interconnects, provides living world context, views things in an open system and develops a broad understanding. It is both the knowledge of the parts (left brain) and wisdom of the whole (right brain) that we need for complete and proper problem understanding and correct solution creation. To quote Einstein: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” For McGilchrist, “we have created a society that honours the servant but has forgotten the gift”.

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