Thursday, December 23, 2021



Chennai Super Kings (CSK) recently won the IPL 2021 Cricket league. This win was quite special for the team as they were almost at the bottom of the table last season. Also this win was despite the fact that the CSK team's average age was quite higher than rest of the teams. Their success has been sliced and diced, analyzed and written about a lot in the recent weeks.

One thing that specifically caught my attention was this comment by CSK coach Stephen Fleming-
"Experience is important, guys who have been there and have done it before adds so much. We don't get too deep into analytics and numbers. We go with gut feel and building relationships with the players. It's old-school but it works for us."

I had to read this comment twice to believe it "We don't get too deep into analytics and numbers."
In today's day and age when data and analytics occupies a lot of mind space, this comment really is surprising and somewhat refreshing to hear. And coming from a team that won a major league blows your mind!!

We often hear an alternate word "Intuition" as almost a synonym to "gut" that Stephen refers to in his quote. In a data oriented world, using one's intuition at work often gets a second hand treatment but there is a value in focusing on developing this skills further.

In product management space, Product Sense is increasingly being talked about as one of the differentiating skills.

Julie Zhuo defines Product Sense as "Do you have good instincts about what makes a product useful and well-loved by people."

Shreyas Doshi calls product sense as something that can be developed and as comprising of 3 elements:
1. Empathy 2. Domain Knowledge 3. Creativity

I loved the way Frank Rotman took on the complex subject of Intuition and broke it down in to this masterful thread and some valuable suggestions on how to develop intuition by Dr. Travis Bradberry

Catch my sketchnote summary of outstanding work by Frank and Travis. 2 key learnings for me:

1. "When information is incomplete, does intuition act as the missing link in building conviction and acting decisively? The answer is both “yes” and “no” because intuition is often confused with a variety of not-so-desirable-traits that can be counterproductive."

2. "Whether you listen to it or not, your intuition is healthy and functioning. If you want to make better decisions in life, you’d do well to brush up on your intuition skills."

What's your take on this ?

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