The intuitive mind

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’m in the process of cleaning out my filing cabinets today—what joy—and discovered this quote:

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift
And the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honours the servant
And has forgotten the gift—Albert Einstein

About  Shawn Callahan

Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one of the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:


  1. brilliant! That’s going into my quote-rotator.

  2. Shawn,
    I appreciate this quote. Many people think we can templatize and codify, judgment, decision making and problem solving. However, we can never fully express or assess everything that went into a decision. It is ineffable.
    The minute we can reiterate all that went into a decision, we are no longer making judgments, we are calculating.
    Making judgments is what humans do that computers and robots cannot. It is the essence of human work and creativity. It is what organizations hire people to do.
    I blogged about this at:
    Michelle Malay Carter

  3. Robyn Ciuro says:

    Love it! This will be my quote for 2008 and go at the front of my diary to remind me to honour the gift.

  4. I had a hunch that quote would turn up somewhere soon.

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