Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Really interesting talk by Susan Cain on the negative sides of our societal push for extroverts… Ironically it was given at Ted which also features extroverts or at least celebrates them…?

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Our world prizes extroverts — but Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative.

Theres quite a few introverts at work in R&D and although I find it sometimes hard to understand there position on a number of things, its the respect for them and how they go about it which makes it all work. Although I don’t really like the idea of classification of people, it can really be helpful to know and respect the different approaches we all have.

Author: Ianforrester

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