Thursday August 29, 2013

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is certainly not the only book about introversion, nor was it the first. Nevertheless, Quiet sparked a discussion that was bigger than anything we'd seen before.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

The book that started the Quiet Revolution.

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Friday August 23, 2013

Laws, Sausages, and Coffee Drinks

Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.

John Godfrey Saxe, 1869

Depending on your viewpoint, you may want to add "coffee drinks" to that list. ...
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Wednesday August 21, 2013

23 (+3) Signs You Could Be An Introvert

Introverts have been getting a lot of press lately. Given that approximately half of the population "prefers"** introversion, but US society tends to "prefer" extroversion, it's nice to see Innies getting more press.

** Psychologists, and the MBTI, prefer to use the word "prefer" rather than the words "is" or "are". I can say I am an Introvert, but I'm not supposed to say you "are" an Introvert (or an Extrovert, or whatever).

Semantics aside, on to the topic of this post. Various people and groups have been sharing a recent Huffington Post "Lifestyle" article called "23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert". Anyone who knows me knows I'm not secretly an Introvert. That secret was out years ago. But the article is interesting and I'm clipping it along with many others.

I thought I'd go through it here, bullet point by bullet point, to see how it applies to me... ...
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Friday August 9, 2013

Who Represents the Company?

Do you represent the company you work for? If you're the CEO, you probably agree that you do. What about a vice president? CTO? Customer support staff? Surely these roles do.

What about a first-line manager? An engineer? An accountant? A receptionist?

Precedent has shown that if you make it clear that you work for a company, you represent that company when you talk about it in public. Precedent has been, at times, frighteningly clear on the subject.

What it means to represent the company

What does it mean to represent the company? At minimum, I think, it means that you act professionally when you come in contact with customers (or potential customers). You don't publicly disrespect the company and you don't disrespect the customer. Whether or not you add a disclaimer, "I don't speak for my company", to your social media feed, there will be times when you are speaking as a company representative. ...
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