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Focus on the Important

As this year winds down, I find myself thinking what still has to be done in 2016 and what can wait until 2017. I have so many things to accomplish both at work and at home. I have discovered that no matter how hard I work or how organized I am, it is impossible to get everything […]

Networking, Introverted Style

  I attended a conference for work this past week.  I was looking forward to the speakers and presentations and perhaps seeing some old friends.  I hung out a little with an extroverted friend of mine and realized some important differences.  She was there to connect with many people, both old friends and new.  I […]

You Don’t Seem Like an Introvert

I recently attended a retirement celebration for a psychologist friend of mine. She spoke of how she used to be an introvert, but she could not remain as an introvert for long in the organization she worked for. Soon after, I was listening to a radio psychologist who said that he was an introvert, but […]

Strengths Don’t Change

I was in a meeting this week that started with “introductions.”  Everyone was supposed to give an interesting fact about themselves.  For some reason I always dread this.  Maybe I don’t like to pinpoint just one thing that defines me, and I certainly don’t like to talk about myself.  So to keep things moving, I said […]

Time Management for Introverts

I found myself once again doing some work on my day off.  I got quite a bit done with some peace and quiet, but was feeling overwhelmed looking at the many tasks and projects I still had remaining.  I continually get better and better at organizing my time.  I am forever tweaking my system.  I have found […]

Don’t Feel Guilty About Free Time

I spent this past week on vacation.  The first part was over the holiday weekend, hanging out with our extended family in the mountains.  It was fun to catch up with family and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Although I enjoy traveling and seeing everyone, it’s really not relaxing to me.  I’m at a point in my […]

Giving Great Customer Service for Introverts and Extroverts

I have a favorite convenience store that I think provides excellent service. It’s nice and clean with a wide selection of products, but what I really love is that I can get in and out quickly.  I actually will drive past a closer store that I don’t have such a high opinion of to go to […]

The Open Office Space

I have previously written about the challenges introverts experience in Open Office Space… Collaborative or Disruptive? and Introverted Leaders and the Open Office Space.  While I agree that collaboration and being part of the team is important, it really depends on the type of work being done and the individual. For the most part, in any job, there […]

Introverts – Don’t ask IF, but ask HOW!

This past week, I gave a two-hour workshop to a large group. I think it went very well and was well received by the participants. I had a great time! I did a lot of preparation leading up to the workshop and that was the key to my success. As an introvert, I need to […]

Going Beyond The “Introvert” Label

Introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? What do these mean to you?  It often seems that we just stop at the label or barely scratch the surface and don’t explore what the label really means.  I might hear someone making an excuse for something, saying “I’m a bit of an introvert.” Or maybe describing themselves as having the […]