Below is the introduction to my latest research paper, “Coaching for Personal Innovation: The Role of Intuition.” I am publishing this paper as the last requirement for the International Coach Federation’s Certified Professional Coach Program. I am going to graduate in just a couple of months! Yippee!! Time to celebrate!
Innovation has become essential to survival and success in the 21st Century. Globalization combined with the rapid rate of change and explosive population growth have created a need for entrepreneurial activity, both inside and outside of new venture creation, that leads to continuous innovation while considering social and environmental impacts.
Entrepreneurs are needed to establish new ventures and to employ others while developing new products, services and solutions. Entrepreneurial individuals, who may or may not start a business, are needed because they are innovators who behave or act in a proactive manner and move organizations forward.
Many different structures, policies and tools are being used to strengthen innovation within organizations; however, innovative behavior ultimately relies on individuals. How do individuals become more innovative? How can they be more entrepreneurial?
Research (Reimers-Hild, 2005) has shown that individuals who possess a greater sense of motivation through personal fulfillment, are more likely to achieve sustainable personal innovation and change, and a key element related to personal fulfillment is intuition. The purpose of this paper is to present and explore the relationships between intuition, personal innovation and coaching. Two specific questions will be explored, including 1) how does coaching influence intuition? And, 2) what is the role of intuition in the process of personal change and innovation?