QUIET: The Missing Chapter | By Karen Catlin

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"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."

"Since over half of the population is extroverted, chances are there will be some in every group you lead. Where’s the chapter on how to thrive as an introverted leader?"

Great question, Karen, and I love your ideas. Here they are below:

Deputize someone to plan social activities. Extroverts are energized by social interaction. Yet, organizing lunches or other social events has never been a priority for me as an introverted leader. To counterbalance my natural tendencies, I ask someone on my team be in charge of fun things to do.

Shine the spotlight when giving kudos. Generally speaking, extroverts love having the spotlight shown on them when they’ve hit a milestone or accomplished something great.

Schedule hang-out time during long meetings. Extroverts need space to hang out, exchange thoughts, and continue discussions. By doing so, they’ll return to the meeting energized with new ideas.

Put ‘em in charge of the schmoozing. Ask the extroverts on your team to take a lead in making introductions and schmoozing at the start of such business meetings.

Karen elaborates on each of these four strategies on her blog, Click through to read them in full!

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  1. Jacquelyn Strickland on 02.10.2013 at 12:58 (Reply)

    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…

  2. Rich Day on 02.10.2013 at 13:49 (Reply)

    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!

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