The introvert productivity gap

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In a survey of over 350 business people, discussing aspects of introversion and extroversion, a third don’t feel they are fully productive. The vast majority of this third are introverts and further questioning reveals this is largely due to how they’re managed and the culture in the firm they work for. Company cultures are generally designed for extroverts and measure success in an extrovert manner.

The result, your firm may not be as productive as you want.

Closing the gap.

The first step is getting a better understanding of the differences between introverts and extroverts and their preferred communication and working styles.

Understanding what is happening and what small changes would help, allow leaders to start changing. This website has a range of ideas about introverts and different working patterns that could help. 

One of the largest problem areas is internal meetings and this is made harder if you’re now having to work remotely with your team. You might like to read running meetings that make things happen, written and published as a result of the research.

Getting help, for your business.

Let’s talk about unlocking more productivity in your firm. Improving your firm’s productivity though better awareness isn’t costly, it’s effective. There are several ways I work with leaders and their staff. 

Your company conference

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A keynote presentation at your company conference (virtual, or face to face) will energise, inspire and focus your company on changing the way they understand each other and work together.

All your team (introvert & extrovert) are needed for success.

 

Senior team workshop

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A series of workshops with members of your senior team to highlight the issue, adapt skills and create a programme for change with suitable metrics so you know it’s working.

Workshops work well remotely on your choice to software, or face to face.

Leaderships skills programme.

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A series of workshops with the developing leaders in your business will allow results to develop quickly and sustainably.

These workshops work well remotely on Zoom, Teams (or your choice of software) and face to face.

Let’s talk.

Email jon.introvert@jon-baker.me, complete the contact form, or click here to immediately book a mutually convenient time in our diaries; I look forward to our conversation.

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How does diversity fit into this?

Many of the business benefits of diversity come from more diverse thinking. Better thinking leads to more resilient solutions and being able to handle clients more productively, creatively and profitably. Diversity is not just about gender, sexuality, race etc. Diversity is also about diversity of thought.

Many companies have spent a lot of money to improve diversity, trying to build a more diverse workforce. Yet most companies are managed in a way that rewards extroverts and leaves introverts thinking it’s best to stay quiet. Typical introverts think in a different way to extroverts. They’re also motivated and engaged differently.

Some more ideas, before you go

Introverts and burnout

This episode of Activate Your Introvert discusses burnout with Vic O'Farrell, being a better leader by being better at structuring tasks and confidence.

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Activate Your Introvert Podcast - Understanding introversion improves productivity

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