"QUIET: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can't Stop Talking is missing something," says Karen Catlin, writer
of "QUIET: The Missing Chapter."
Great question, Karen, and I love your ideas. Here they are below:
Karen elaborates on each of these four strategies on her blog, KarenCatlin.com. Click through to read them in full!
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Please remember that many Extraverts are Highly Sensitive People — are we are not
that different from the introverts described in Quiet. So please be aware of this crucial difference and do not always ask us to do the schmoozing for you or your event or plan the social activities for your group. And yes, we Highly Sensitive Extraverts do need time to hangout during long meetings — to recover from overstimulation — and we only enjoy longer discussions if the topic is purposeful and pertinent … not just for the sake of discussion. Thank you…
I love the basic premise of this, that we are as introverts involved with others who are different, and that the greatest strength of our total body will only be realized if we not only understand our own strengths, but also appreciate the strengths of those who are different than ourselves.
It makes me think of the race I ran over the weekend, with thousands of people, I ran in a zombie “Run For Your Life”. It was in the dark, through obstacles, with zombies chasing us. I can tell you I came to an appreciation of how my feet were designed, able to run across uneven ground and keep me from falling down (but I did fall 3 times). But, my awareness of the specialness of my feet did not cause me to wish I had 2 more feet at the end of my arms, I realized that my body is strong, not in spite of difference, but rather because of the differences of it’s various members.
The same is true of organizations. Each of us has differences compared to others, but each of us becomes stronger as we respect the differences of others. Beyond that, the greatest reason for mutual respect is unrelated to our unique strengths nor the contributions that only we can make. The single greatest reason for mutual respect is we are all of us, not simply Introvert nor extravert, we are conscious beings. Our greatest value lies not in our contribution, but in our beingness. By the way, while I like how Karen Catlin has written this, I think Susan Cain did make the point I am making in her book. Viva La Difference!