44: Susan Cain on The Power of Introverts [PODCAST]


Those of us who have a preference for introversion often are misunderstood by colleagues and organizations. In this episode, we explore how introverts can bring value to organizations and highlight the research of Susan Cain, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.

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Special Guest: Susan Cain

I interview Susan on her New York Times Bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

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10 thoughts on “44: Susan Cain on The Power of Introverts [PODCAST]

  1. Just found your podcast last week. I am enjoying the conversations and teachings. I have not taken a real test, but I believe I am an introvert based on what I have heard and read. It has been interesting to hear the different ideas of how to work with both types.

    •  @JoshuaWRivers Joshua, thank you for the note and glad to have you as a listener to the show! How did you come across the podcast?
      Yes, even the assessments only provide data points, as we’ve discussed in the three recent shows – you are always the best judge of your personality preference (with input from others, of course). One of the things we are considering is putting together a small program for people in the coming weeks who have not had a chance to utilize assessments before. Watch for more details soon if that may be of interest.
      What have you found most helpful in our dialogue about working with the different types?

      • @Dave Stachowiak I use Stitcher for my podcasts. I found yours by searching “leadership”.

        I like the ideas about using your own strengths within your personality type instead of trying to make yourself something else.

        •  @JoshuaWRivers  That’s great, Joshua. Glad you are listening through Stitcher. We just joined the network a few months ago and have many listeners on Stitcher now (about 10% of our audience).
          Yeah, using our own strengths is really a key part of this series. Easier said that done, of course. Too often, organizations expect people to behave/act in perfect alignment with the organizational culture. That can cause a lot of stress if the leader has a personality preference different from what’s expected in the culture. Great organizations will recognize and celebrate this of course, but more often, it causes lots of stress.BTW, you might also enjoy episode #19 through #23 that we did earlier this year on personal leadership, if you haven’t already found them. They should be on Stitcher as well, but you can also find them here on the site.
          Thanks for listening! 

  2.  @Dave Stachowiak Enjoyed listening to the interviews with Susan Cain and with Michael Hyatt.  I appreciate your insight into leadership and training and will continue to follow your show.  Keep up the good work, Dave!  

    • Javier, so great to have you as a listener and thank you for the email dialogue as well. Looking forward to getting together here soon for coffee when schedules allow. Very honored to have you as a follower of the show and very much am looking forward to learning from you as well.

  3. Hi Dave, 
    - great interview with Susan
    - the recent shows on personality and communication preferences have been excellent … a crucial skill-building area for leaders in my opinion … really important for successfully taking the perspective of others
    - awesome job!
    Michael Wagner, M.D.

    • Michael, thank you for the note and I always appreciate your encouraging feedback! So glad to hear that this series has been helpful to you.
      Anything in particular that you’ve found valuable from this series and been able to put into practice? I’m anxious to hear how you’re applying it with clients and/or your own development.
      All the best!