GLOSS Issue 21 APRIL 2015 - Page 43

There are times when my best ideas will come only from being alone. I recognise too, that being an introvert, personal space probably matters more to me than to others. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, makes a stand for acknowledgment in an extrovert dominated world, that introverts contribute enormously to creative power and leadership. Her 2012 TED talk is one of my all time favourites. With over 10 million views, it seems a few other introverts like it too. There are many examples of successful introverts many of whom ‘came out’ including Mark Zuckerberg, Guy Kawasaki, Hilary Clinton, Warren Buffett, Marissa Mayer, Angelina Jolie, Albert Einstein and J.K. Rowling. So if you are an introvert, you are in good company. Introverts are not shy. They don’t dislike people, in fact they often love being with people... ...for a while. It’s just that introverts gain their strength and power from being alone, while extroverts gain their energy from being with others. It’s about recognising who you are, your style of thinking and what works best for your brain. High performance thinking starts with finding the right workplace environment to bring out the best in all brains at work.