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6 Ways For Introverts To Shine At Work

Oct 15th, 2015 Work

At one clinic I worked at, we had a horrid annual retreat, attendance at which was a requirement for continued employment. One featured a speaker who came out on the stage wearing a cow smock. I am serious. Or perhaps it was a robe, or a cloak. I am not sure. In any event, it was white covered with black spots, like a cow has….

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6 Independent & Flexible Jobs for Introverts

Sep 21st, 2015 Work

Are you a team player? If you work for many companies, you better say yes, with fervor and enthusiasm, embracing corporate espirit de corps. Office motivational posters remind you There is no I in TEAM. You may want to see what Winget has to say regarding this – he actually makes a powerful argument against being a team player, very much challenging the conventional wisdom….

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3 Reasons Introverts Have the Need for Meaningful Work

Sep 17th, 2015 Work

It is not easy earning an honest living. During the spring and fall, I put in 80 or more hours a week. I do this every day, at least 12 hours, usually longer. Depending on the semester, I teach four to six college courses and independent studies, which run about three hours each. I have a private psychotherapy practice that I do at least one…

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3 Reasons Why Introverts Make Excellent Employees

Aug 27th, 2015 Work

Extroverts may make the biggest splash in interview situations, but don’t discount introverts when it comes time to bring new people to your team. Although they’ve been cast in history as uncooperative, standoffish, or even rude, they can bring a great deal of good to a workplace and a team. What sort of good, you may ask? They’re comfortable ceding the spotlight. Working toward the…

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5 Ways to Love Your Open-Plan Office

Aug 21st, 2015 Work

To those that value an environment that inspires them to do their best work, the idea of an open plan office may sound like a nightmare. At first. I wrote in my book The I’s Have It about the challenges that an open-plan or cubicle formation can pose: Yes, equating a door with prestige originally fueled some of the desire I felt for a door….

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7 Reasons Why Introverts Make Great Leaders

Aug 20th, 2015 Work

It would appear that leaders have to be extraverted. Extraverts appear confident, self-assured, and bold. They speak their mind, are decisive, and project power. Extraverts do make fine leaders, but leadership is not a quality which is mutually exclusive to extraverts. Introverts also have leadership qualities; they are just more subtle. The difference between a Manager and a Leader: Managers Leaders Rigid adherence to rules…

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7 Career Ideas for Introverts

Aug 20th, 2015 Work

When I was a teenager, I didn’t get a job until I was 17. My father didn’t understand me as an introvert- or in any other area for that matter, and simplified my complex personality by telling me I was lazy. No I wasn’t. I just couldn’t stand the thought of interacting with so many strangers- co-workers and customers- as the only jobs available for…

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How To Network If You’re An Introvert: 7 Tips

Mar 27th, 2015 Work

A necessary part of my job is continuing education. Even after earning degrees and being licensed or certified, therapists have to attend professional conferences, trainings, and workshop. Some are an hour long; some are all day, or multi- day events. Some trainings are very high quality. Others I have been to are not worth the time. I have grown to dislike many aspects of the…

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Five Ways to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking

Jan 19th, 2015 Work

Being able to speak in front of others to deliver information is a critical business skill. You may be called upon to do this at some point in many different professions, or public speaking may be a regular part of your job, or you may be considering public speaking as an independent business venture. Social phobia vs. Glossophobia vs Introversion Introversion is a personality type,…

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Introverts’ Top 3 Career Challenges

Jan 7th, 2015 Work

Thank goodness for Susan Cain. Ever since her love letter/treatise on introversion Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking hit bookshelves in 2012, a conversation on introverts in society has gained traction and volume. Her work, building on that of Marti Olson Laney, Laurie Helgoe, and Sophia Dembling, has opened the eyes of many who hadn’t realized that the “extrovert…