I recently listened to really good book titled “Quiet: The power of Introverts in a world that Can’t Stop Talking”.
It was really insightful for any personality type, I highly recommend it. She also identifies a third personality type which I didn’t know existed, called an Ambivert—in between both extroverted and introverted personalities.
If you don’t have time to read the book, the Author, Susan Cain, gave a 20 minute Ted talk.
Some of my takeaways:
- Group brainstorms DON’T WORK. Give people time to think of ideas on their own, then come together and discuss.
- Best creative ideas and improvement happen when you work ALONE
- When in groups, people will unconsciously believe the loudest person’s ideas are the best and the most correct. Even when they are not.
- There is too much emphasis on extroverted personality types in our society. We need more of a balance of the personality types.
- Extroversion and Introversion scales are determined by how you react to stimulation … not shyness/outgoingness. Introverts are content with a lower stimulation level than extroverts.
What you should do:
- Take the fun Quiz: are you an Extrovert, Introvert or Ambivert? I am an Ambivert 🙂
- Watch the 20 minute Ted talk.
- Read the book
- Take more time to work alone
- Give people brainstorm topics in advance, and only come together to discuss ideas, not come up with new ones.