Venturing into unknown regions is risky. It requires a special form of focus that goes beyond analytics and logic alone; a quality of seeing that takes into account both conventional and non-conventional sources of knowledge.

While today’s dominant tendency is to favor one form of data over all others—the logical and rational—Exile’s training yields in clients a form of focus that gathers other crucial types of data: sensory, emotional, interpersonal, intuitive, and instinctual.

This practice creates a form of openness to disturbances and dissonance, which often manifest as anomalies—gaps between our concept of reality and reality as it truly is. Such openness represents an indispensible aspect of entrepreneurialism and leadership at their very best.

We have a term that we call Cognitive Vulnerability – which represents a willingness to embrace what one doesn’t know by building a practice that allows the world to reveal itself “emergently” rather than imposing “engineered” interpretations upon our circumstances. Cognitive Vulnerability supports the kind of focus that allows leaders to see a much broader field of possibility.

This is the basis for true innovation.