Listen to the introverts

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By Helen Slingsby – Sat 7 Jan 2017 @ 12:30

Many of my career coaching clients book sessions with me because they're strugglng to identify a place for themselves in today's world of work - where technological change is at warp speed, companies make an abundance of data-driven decisions, and more significantly, where everyone 'apparently' must be an extrovert to succeed.

Collectively they abstain from office politics and would prefer to get on with doing what they do rather well.

Mid-life crisis, or mid-life career change?

They've hit their 30s and 40s, achieved a great deal, but are starting to question the way things are done around them.

  • Must he who shouts loudest receive the biggest promotion?
  • Must she with the self confidence to fell a buffalo be leading that project?
  • And must every tweak in financial information be beamed live to battalions of people when a quiet word in someone's ear would do?

Can introverts be better at business?

As Susan Cain states in her famous TED Talk, introverts have a place too, and possibly more than ever post financial crash and pre-Brexit. 

"When it comes to creativity and leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best. A third to a half of people are introverts... so that's one out of every two or three people you know".

What is introversion?

Susan goes on to say: "Shyness is about fear of social judgment. Introversion is more about how do you respond to stimulation, including social stimulation. So, extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most alive, and their most switched on, and their most capable when they're in quieter, low key environments."

 

Helping introverts make the right career choices

After my many years of experience as a career coach - working with exceutives, directors, managers and people who are simply lost in the world of work - I'm quickly able to assess your strengths, weaknesses, goals and passions to see how you could better align your career path to your personality.

I would love to help you find peace in your life, enjoy your job again and be challenged - without feeling that overwheling and pressure to conform to the stereotypes of the typical business leader.

Call me for a chat, and let's see if we can find where out you belong.

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