In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, author Susan Cain discusses how a workplace can stifle introvert productivity. Workplaces are increasingly designed to foster teamwork, guided by beliefs such as these:"None of us is as smart as all of us"--Warren Bennis, Organizing Genius"Innovation ... is fundamentally social"--Malcolm Gladwell"Many jobs that we regard as the province of a single mind actually require a crowd"--Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody
Open plan offices and group brainstorming sessions are physical manifestations of this mindset. The problem is, they may actually decrease productivity, particularly for introverts. To understand why, we must understand the drivers of introversion.
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