Want results? Hire an 'ambivert'

  • Article by: Daniel H. Pink , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 6:51 PM

They're not too loud or too shy, but strike the right balance. They know when to speak up and when to shut up, when to inspect and when to respond, when to push and when to hold back.

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omnipresentJan. 28, 13 4:43 PM

"Hire an ambivert!" Another manifestation of "Moderation in all things!"

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erikj3Jan. 28, 13 4:43 PM

What about the rest of us? Are we just supposed to not work ever again?

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scrutineerJan. 28, 13 9:12 PM

Extraversion is worshiped in America, and is commonly held to be necessary to generating desirable outcomes. But as Susan Cain noted in her bestseller QUIET, the mortgage boom and bust was largely caused by act-first-think-later-always-optimistic extraverts in the financial industry. Since this article by Mr. Pink helps to debunk the "extreme extraversion is best" paradigm so prevalent in this society, I give it a thumbs up.

But it's not a perfect article. As Cain points out, introverts can learn to mimic and practice extraverted traits.

Now if someone would just write a book telling extraverts how to practice introversion . . .

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