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Understanding Introverts

Understanding Introverts

Introversion is an orientation in how you relate to the world. It is not a skill, or a choice. It is not a lifestyle. Introverts are people who find other people tiring. By contrast, Extroverts are energised by people, and wilt or fade when alone.

Out of all of the constructs of personality, the Introvert-Extrovert construct is arguably the most powerful influencer as to what we notice and how we live our lives.

What’s the benefit in knowing this? In designing working environments it’s important that introverts have access to quiet spaces for completing more intensive work. Mobile phone and emails can be unwelcome distractions too.

When thinking about designing the ideal learning environment for a course, facilitators would do well to ensure that there are both quiet contemplative times for reading, digesting new material as well as for paired or small group work.

Because of their preference to be an onlooker / observer type, Introverts really come into their own when they are asked to review and comment upon others’ work and to appraise the logic of a situation.

Investing your time in doing some ‘quality’ noticing for where introverts thrive can repay your effort many times over, especially if you are then able to adapt your approach to operate in a way that gets the best from your team of introverts.


Models or motives?

Establishing a culture of coaching is one of the most challenging change initiatives any company can take on. I’m talking about a true culture of coaching, where every manager and employee engages in it and not the kind we are seeing advocated in some organisations where a few people are trained as internal coaches. I’m taking cultural, where it becomes ‘the way we do things around here’ The difficulty, as we’ve written here before, is in the integration of coaching into every leaders modes operandi. In this blog I share some insights from a recent discussion with an emerging leader coach.


Natural Talent vs Effective Practice

Much of what we have been led to believe until now about ‘natural talent’ is being shown to be untrue. It’s been shown that it’s more about application and practice of skills than an inherent ability. The same applies to leadership skills where a process of turning the theory into practical action (and keeping trying) is the key to development of excellence


The Middle Aged Tween Crisis

Being a working mother for nearly a decade and working with other working mothers I have come to understand the trials and tribulations we all seem to have in common. It struck me during a recent coaching session that one of the repeating Aha moments many professional mothers I have worked with have, is the… Read more


‘Get Over Yourself’?

‘Get over Yourself?’
We fancy ourselves as pretty tough in this country. ‘Get over yourself’ is a reasonably common phrase here. However, just telling ourselves to ‘get over yourself’, and ignoring our state of mind, doesn’t work by itself. It’s important to take note when we’re ‘out of sorts’ because in fact brain-wise we may be. As simple as it may be, getting a good night’s sleep, and breathing well throughout the day, will set you up for integrated brain success. So, ironically by attending (i.e. ‘getting into yourself’) rather than ignoring your current state, you’ll make significant steps toward ‘getting over yourself’ and moving forward in an elegant and integrated way.