Together we explain the differences in stimulation and energy for extroverts and introverts. For example, how we prefer training workshops. Again the meter graphic is showing and moving.
- Hundreds of studies conducted by scientists worldwide indicate that introverts are more sensitive than extroverts to various kinds of stimulation. Susan Cain in her wonderful book called Quiet, gives some examples like this one, introverts and extroverts were asked to play a word game while wearing those headphones that emitted random noise. The subjects were asked to adjust the volume so that it was just right. Well, guess who dialed in at significantly louder volumes? - Extroverts.
- (laughs) Precisely, and get this, when asked to play with the volume set louder or quieter than they would have chosen, the performance of both, introverts and extroverts, dropped. The overstimulation was dragging down the introverts. - And the extroverts who were under-stimulated by the quiet conditions also dropped in performance. The implications of this for our productivity are huge. - [Brenda] Yes, think about what this means for workspace design.
Open office concept is all the rage right now, but if it hampers productivity of every introvert in the workplace, there need to be quiet-space options. - My headphones create our quiet space/loud space option in our shared office. I get my auditory stimulation while still giving you peace and quiet, right? - It works for us. Your Greek music helps you, but it wouldn't help me. - Actually, I read an article out of the UK called Music While You Work. Researcher found music to be highly correlated with routine work, but acting as a distractor for complex mental work.
So I guess, even extroverts should turn down the tunes when working on our most challenging projects. - So now it's your turn. On that introvert/extrovert preference for stimulation, where do you think you land? - [Tatiana] Does your performance peak with quiet spaces, or with some buzz? - [Brenda] Do you find you treasure or resent interruptions when you're in the mist of a project? - Find that perfect stimulation level for yourself while being mindful that those around you may have very different needs.
- Knowing yourself
- Inward vs. outward
- Being vs. doing
- Stretching the introvert
- Making decisions
- Influencing and leading others
- Stretching the extrovert
- Multitasking mindfully
- Networking strategically