Session 3A: The Power of Introverts — Susan Cain

2014-08-14 2:12 PM

  • ½ to 1/3 of the population is introverted
  • Harness the power of introvers as well as extroverts
  • Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
    • how do you feel after two hours at a fun party?
      • energized – extrovert
      • tired – introvert
  • Introverts have nervous systems that have a heightened atunement to stimulation
  • loud background noise is good for extroverts and not introverts
  • create environments that support people’s unique needs
  • “The wind howls but the mountain remains still” Confusion saying
  • there is a love and attraction when introverts and extroverts are together
  • Rethink innovation and idea sharing
    • creativity: mix of introvert AND extrovert
    • individuals provide more and better ideas than groups together
  • Conformity – what to do?
    • stop the madness of constant group work – use a hybrid approach that allows for solitude. Give people the chance to stop and write down their ideas when gathered as a group
    • forget networking – focus on service
    • restore quiet to your culture – invite the still small voice
    • rethink what makes a “natural” leader – not just extroverts
      • level 5 leaders (Jim Collins): fiercely devoted to companies AND shy, quiet, soft-spoken, low-key
  • What to do?
    • groom an “unlikely” leader
    • find your complement (another person who is good at things that you are not)
    • find a role model
  • http://www.quietrev.com
  • Take a step inward and think about what is in your suitcase – introverts should occasionally take them out and share with the world
  • “May you have the courage to speak softly”