I’m a big fan of Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking – the TED talk, the book, the organisation – all of it! She published an article in Training Magazine that she shared from her Facebook group (yes, I follow that too). In the article, Cain identifies 5 ways quiet staff (you may think of them as introverts) can use their strengths to provide brilliant and effective leadership. Empowering introverts and the people who work with them is an effective way to expand the skill set of your staff in ways that will help them and your bottom line immeasurably. In a nutshell, these 5 tips for quiet staff are:
Like many startups, an earlier company I worked with began in a living room. Our first proper office had a large south-facing deck with a picnic table, and except when it was raining, it was where we all gathered to eat lunch, have after-work parties, conduct small meetings, and just pause during the day to catch our breath and rethink a problem.