Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

10.05.15  Switch and Shift 


Stacey's Reading List...

 

"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie

 

 

 

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Friday
Feb082013

It started a conversation...

I am an introvert.  A high introvert.  A 30-I on the MBTI scale.  So perhaps I’m qualified to comment on Susan Cain’s best-selling book, Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

As you might imagine, from my highly biased introverted perspective, I believe the book was well-researched, brilliantly written, and incredibly spot-on.

It’s joyful to read a book that so eloquently describes the essence of your true nature.  If I were to articulate my own unique introverted self, I would say something along the lines of “I keep things to myself, and the most profound things I keep the most to myself.” I like living in my head. 

Now hold that thought.  On the flip side, I found it exhilarating to read about extroversion.

It’s often easier to read about what you know, or in this case, who you are, and it’s a bit tougher to try to understand that which is so dissimilar to you.  In the end, I thought the book did a tremendous job balancing out both personality perspectives, giving you great insights, regardless of your preference. 

It’s not my intent to advocate for introversion or extroversion.  Because it’s not an either / or equation…it’s a both / and.  We need everyone contributing to the greater good in the way that works for them.  And we need everyone developing an understanding of that which is different from them. 

The brilliance of the book is that it stated a conversation – a conversation about how people are different.  That’s the real win.   

We are all wired differently.  We have different interests, we have different needs, we prefer different environments, we enjoy different interactions, we have different methods of processing…    

Different

Circling back -- I am an introvert.  A high introvert.  A 30-I on the MBTI scale.  BUT, I’m also a charter member of an improv troupe called Sock Monkey.  And I absolutely adore improvisation and my very extroverted troupe members.  I would not trade the experience for anything in the world.  They respect my need for sarcasm; I respect their need to hog the stage (I say that with great love in my voice).  Collectively, we are a tight-knit troupe and far better performers because we understand how to leverage our differences. 

It’s worth repeating.  The brilliance of the book is that it stated a conversation – a conversation about how people are different.  

We are all humans.  We are just differently human.

 

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