Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
By Susan Cain
Introduction: The North and South of Temperament
- Introversion–along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness
- The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them . . .
- Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling. Focus on the meaning they make of the events swirling around them. Recharge their batteries by being alone. Differ (from extroverts) in the level of outside stimulation they need to function well. Often worth more slowly and deliberately. Like to focus on one task at a time and can have mighty powers of concentration. Relatively immune to the lures of wealth and fame.
- May have strong social skills and enjoy parties . .. but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. Prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. Listen more than they talk, think before they speak. . . tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.
Part One: The Extrovert Ideal
1. The Rise of the “Mightly Likeable Fellow”
- a shift from the Culture of Character to the Culture of Personality– occurred about 100 years ag0
2. The Myth of Charismatic Leadership
- Is salesmanship a virtue?
- Not every encounter is a high stakes game.
- Socialization as an extreme sport.
- Introverted Leadership: lead by supporting the employees’ efforts to take the initiative., listen more, implement suggestion (Not always “The Bosses’ Way)
- Moses: climbing a mountain in search of wisdom and writing down carefully, on two stones, everything he learned there.
- **Look for Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an Extroverted Church
- Prayer has always been about contemplation as much as community
3. When Collaboration Kills Creativity
- Albert Einstein: I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork
- Stephen Wozniak: Artists work best alone (co-founder of Apple, first personal computer)
- introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation
- New Groupthink: teamwork above all else
- Its’ a truism in tech that open source attracts introverts– a desire to contribute to the greater good without being “group”
- Chess: serious study alone is the strongest predictor of skill for tournament-rated players
- the simple act of being interrupted is one of the biggest barriers to productivity
Part II when I finish it!