Saturday, March 9, 2013

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March 2013 Book Review

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain

Everything I instinctively knew was wrong when it came to criticisms of my personality or behavior now makes a lot more sense.  This doesn’t make these criticisms right, but now I’m armed with the research to defend my introversion and the virtues of having this temperament at the table.  I’m also happy that I have the tools to help my kids (it either or both turn out to be introverts) avoid the pitfalls and overcome the biases and obstacles I faced.

If you’re interested in the book but don’t have the time, watch the short 20 minute video from the author here: Video Clip Post.

If you’re an off-the-charts introvert, this book will explain a lot and should leave you with the confidence you deserve to operate in the most extroverted country in the world.

To all those teachers and managers that tried to force the “Extrovert Ideal” on me as well as other introverts, shame on you.  This idealism may have prevented countless opportunities for those introverts to offer talents and gifts in innovation, art, or leadership that are much more valuable than any worthless blathering of chit-chat or office gossip.

Here are a few of the better passages from the book:

“We perceive talkers as smarter than quiet types – even though grade-point averages and SAT and intelligence test scores reveal this perception to be inaccurate.”

“One of the most interesting findings, echoed by later studies, was that the more creative people tended to be socially poised introverts.”

“That’s because top performers overwhelmingly worked for companies that gave their workers the most privacy, personal space, control over their physical environments, and freedom from interruptions.”

“The men in twenty-three of the twenty-four groups produced more ideas when they worked on their own than when they worked as a group.”

“It suggests that when it comes time to make group decisions, extroverts would do well to listen to introverts – especially when they see problems ahead.”

“It’s not that I’m so smart,” said Einstein, who was a consummate introvert.  “It’s that I stay with problems longer.”

“…introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.”

“Teach all kids to work independently.”

The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:

out of five stars