Team, teamwork and teams are an increasingly important part of business, and one that introverts can add huge value to. However teams are often structured and managed in a way that doesn’t help introverts. These pages explore these issues

Here are number of relevant articles, which I hope you find interesting.

Being an introvert and a leader

Being an introvert and a leader

Is introversion a barrier to leadership and are introverts authentic? This episode of Activate Your Introvert features a discussion with Sharon Barton.

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Introvert friendly communication

Introvert friendly communication

Many people struggle to get introverts to communicate with them. This can be especially frustrating in business when a leader wants some of quieter team members to “open up more”. The benefit of doing so is less frustration (both leader and introvert), better team work, better productivity and better staff retention.

Understanding key introvert / extrovert differences (internal processing, people energy and preference for quieter locations) will allow you help others communicate more easily to (plan in advance, allow them more time to reply, and create suitable breaks). The article ends with 10 specific tips to improve a conversation with an introvert.

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Being an introvert and a leader

Introversion and leadership

This episode of Activate Your Introvert features a discussion with Paul Harris, who helps farmers to build harmonious high-performance teams. It seems that leaders in agriculture have the same misunderstandings as many others.

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I need new staff to stay longer

I need new staff to stay longer

I need new staff to stay longer and be useful more quickly.

New staff who leave before, or just after they’ve become proficient is expensive and very “frustrating”. They’re either leaving because it’s the wrong job for them (bad recruitment), they’re the wrong people for you (bad recruitment), or because they’ve not been looked after and trained well enough (bad onboarding).

If you’re looking to keep them longer, make your onboarding process more systematic, more suitable for introverts, and more obvious to all staff (so everybody see more development opportunities).

Creating a simple programme (checklist of subjects, dates and people) allows you to systemise your induction programme, so you don’t do all the work and your new starters get a consistent, high quality, start to their career with you. That will make them more likely to stay for longer and more productive more quickly.

Help introverts (and everybody else) find their feet in the company more quickly, improving productivity and saving costs.

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The introvert narcissist

The introvert narcissist

Introverted narcissists (or covert narcissists) are self-obsessed, but don’t show as confident and are less showy and recognisable as classic narcissists. However they still believe in their greatness and will manipulate their way towards it.

In a business this can lead to a toxic culture as they manipulate things behind the scenes and often position themselves as victims. Dealing with people like this involves setting clear boundaries and not engaging in their attempts to trap you.

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