+    Quiet: The Power of    Introverts in a World That    Won’t Stop Talking    Susan Cain                    Jen Runkle, ...
+    Executive Summary       Goal of book: get people to be accepting of the strengths of        introverts, and also to ...
+    How We Got Here       In the wake of the Industrial Revolution moving from an        agriculture-based economy to ma...
+    How Extroversion Influences Us       Hyper extroversion is now considered synonymous with        leadership.       ...
+    Why Introversion is Good       In a study by Jim Collins of high-performing corporations,        successful leaders ...
+    Free Trait Theory       While we have certain fixed traits, we are able to act out of        character (one might sa...
+    Advice for Introverts       Remember Free Trait Theory.       Follow your envy. If envy is an ugly emotion, it also...
+    Teaching Introverted Kids       Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.       Try to bring...
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With all of our different personalities, we sometimes experience a huge difference between extroverts and introverts. If you're an introvert or work with someone who is, this book is for you.

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  • In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, we were moving from an agriculture-based economy to a manufacturing one in which products needed to be sold.   This called for a man with different skills from those of previous generations, one who could deal well with people and flash a brilliant smileMasterful Personality
  • One psychologist writes that introverts will, "like anyone, be drawn from time to time to sex, and parties, and status, but the kick they get will be relatively small, so they are not going to break a leg to get thereThe Japanese recognize a social anxiety disorder tajinkyofusho, which is not the fear of embarrassing oneself, but of embarrassing others.
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in World That Can't Stop Talking

    1. 1. + Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking Susan Cain Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    2. 2. + Executive Summary  Goal of book: get people to be accepting of the strengths of introverts, and also to stop thinking of extroversion as the only way to success in business, public life, and relationships.  Key lessons:  Yep, the world is extroverted  Introverts can adapt, influence, fake it, lead in this world  Introverts tend to be more empathetic, modest, deep-thinking, innovative, ask What If?  Key is to be aware of yourself, strengths and weaknesses, needs Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    3. 3. + How We Got Here  In the wake of the Industrial Revolution moving from an agriculture-based economy to manufacturing products – now we need a flash of a brilliant smile.  The 1899 model of success: citizenship, work, honor, integrity, manners  The 1921 model of success: magnetic, fascinating, energetic, stunning, attractive  What are the five celebrated traits in your organization? Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    4. 4. + How Extroversion Influences Us  Hyper extroversion is now considered synonymous with leadership.  Harvard Business School teaches us: “Even if you believe something only fifty-five percent, say it as if you believe it a hundred percent.”  We had 500 square feet/employee in the 1970s and now it’s only 200 in 2010. We are in each other’s space! We’re taught collaborative processes are valued over all else.  Extroverts found, on average, 72 decibels "just right," whereas introverts averaged 55, much less stimulation. Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    5. 5. + Why Introversion is Good  In a study by Jim Collins of high-performing corporations, successful leaders are most often described by their employees as modest, humble, reserved, shy, mild-mannered.  They are empathetic. Inside fMRI machines, their amygdala’s go crazy when they are shown pictures of scared faces, accident victims, etc.  Counterintuitive to the way we brainstorm - eek - subjects in 23 of 24 groups produced better ideas working individually than on their own.  One may say extroverts are considering "What is" whereas introverts are in the domain of "What if?" Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    6. 6. + Free Trait Theory  While we have certain fixed traits, we are able to act out of character (one might say act in character) to achieve a certain goal.  This is offensive to the sensibilities of many who are sympathetic to Shakespeare’s imperative “to thine own self be true.”  The playing of roles seems, in this light, fake, or a matter of selling out.  If we are doing so in the service of a career or something else about which we’re passionate, we are being true to ourselves, at least if we consider the professional side of ourselves to be ourselves. Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    7. 7. + Advice for Introverts  Remember Free Trait Theory.  Follow your envy. If envy is an ugly emotion, it also leads one to powerful truths. Stop to think about what makes you jealous (it probably isn’t public speaking), and do that (it’s probably more like writing).  Go deep. When pairs of introverts get talking, they tend to talk about serious topics, when paired with an extrovert, they tend to take on the listening, advising, empathetic role.  Hang out with your friends. "In the rest of the world," one introvert hanging with other introverts said, "you make a statement and people may or may not discuss it. Here you make a statement and someone says What does that mean?’”  Don’t make the Al Gore mistake. We know that American politicians are almost all extroverts, which we now know means they draw their energy from debate, conversation, lots of outside input. They are not going to be moved to fear by a photo of a little crack in a glacier. Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
    8. 8. + Teaching Introverted Kids  Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.  Try to bring them out from time to time, but without making them self-conscious.  Think of them as having a different learning style.  Studies show that half of us are introverts. You have more introverts in your class than you think. Therefore it makes sense to mix up learning activities to appeal to various styles.  Introverts may be very passionate about a couple of things that their peers may not be.  Encourage them for their interests and dont allow them to feel weird. Jen Runkle, PhD Runkle Consulting www.runkle-consulting.com
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