For introverts, the increasing use of teams might be one of the more painful realities of life at work. Hours spent in noisy meetings full of extroverts spouting off half-formed thoughts drains your batteries with little progress to show for it. Here are a few survival tips to make teamwork more pleasant, or at least more bearable.
As a card-carrying extravert, what I really want you to know is that we need you. We don’t mean to hog the spotlight. We don’t mean to overpower the discussions. It’s time to put us extraverts in our place. With the right mindset, a few new skills, and deliberate practice, you’ll be feeling entirely differently about your team—and probably about yourself. Bring it on!
Special thanks to my favorite introvert, my colleague Tammy Heermann. While I was busy talking, she built the Mindset, Skillset, Deliberate Practice model we use at Knightsbridge in all of our learning programs. Read about it here.