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81Dr. Sylvia C. Löhken has a doctorate in linguistics and is one of the best-known introversion experts. After more than a decade in "intro-biotopes" (research, science administration, responsible position in Japan), she is now a certified coach helping quiet people to realize their professional and professional life private goals. She is the author of the book “Quiet People - Strong Effects. How to show presence and be heard ”and a member of the German Speakers Association (GSA) as well as the science coaching network. More information at www.leise-menschen.com All texts from Dr. Sylvia Loehken.

2 X 5 Tips for introverts in the team: Quiet, but high

Many introverts do incredible things, but are often overlooked in the process. How can you more clearly point out their skills and results and feel in the Team claim?

silent team

The surprising strengths of the introverts

Until a few months ago, Ingo worked in a team in the staff department of a large German corporation. With another colleague he was in the minority as an intro in the midst of pronounced extro personalities. His very extroverted team leader showed him clearly that she no longer wanted him on the team: Ingo seemed too colorless and too passive to her.

Ingo, to her surprise, took action in a targeted manner and was able to quickly win an internal tender for a higher position. Ingo loved thorough research and was great at creating templates. He had excellent contacts in many areas of the company.

Good performance poorly communicated

Only: These qualities had completely escaped the extro boss. Ingo simply hadn't communicated them. The superiors only noticed the loophole when things got tough: information channels were no longer available, and templates were criticized for their poor quality.

Ingo's experience is made by a lot of gentle people: they are underestimated, although they often perform with their strengths, which increase the value of the results. The Extros do not perceive the quality of their intro colleagues. But this is only half the truth: because the intro colleagues often do very little to be perceived with their strengths and achievements.

This is how intros are in the team

So how can you work as an intro in your team and communicate so that you are adequately visible with what you are doing? What else can you do to make sure you get on with the other team members - and vice versa?

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Good answers to these questions should meet two conditions: First, you should take your needs into account, and second, the needs of the extroverted group members (it's easy with the intros ...). The following two strategies aim to reconcile the two perspectives. Try them out!

How to bring together intro and extro needs

1. Focus!

  • Intro need: longer undisturbed working alone
  • Extro-need: to work in partial steps, to discuss the results and to proceed further
  • Strategy: Create rituals of exchange where you and others can orient themselves, giving you the freedom to concentrate on your work.

5 tips for focusing;

  1. After meetings, stay a little longer to get in touch with the others. Plan this time deliberately.
  2. Arrange a daily window with the colleagues, in which you can work undisturbed.
  3. Divide your work into daily steps and take a break after a while to interact with others. Take advantage of this too eMail and telephone.
  4. You can arrange another time with unannounced colleagues if it doesn't suit you: “I'm working on an urgent matter. Do you have time for a coffee after lunch? ”Warning: this is not appropriate in all kinds of crisis situations!
  5. Talk to your colleagues about your work. Be specific: "How did the customer react last week ..." This kind of attention is very much appreciated.

2. Quiet!

  • Intro need: between them
  • Extro-need: between exchanges with others
  • Strategy: If you are planning to spend time with your colleagues, plan your meetings or even your daily work routine. Plan retreat phases as well.

5 Tips to Keep Calm:

  1. Consider your work in sections as a stage. If you are in these sections, you are in contact with others, approachable and present. However, make sure to leave the stage between the rest in the rest of the world. This can be a walk in the lunch break, in a particularly stressful situation even a mini-break behind the locked toilet door.
  2. Make a date for lunch. Many intros appreciate a lunch for two or three. Give your full attention to the people you deal with.
  3. Tail small seminars, such as a lecture, at events or seminars. Use the time gained for a retreat.
  4. Find out about the informal rules in the team: Which social events and encounters are important? Which are not? Act accordingly. In other words, you have the courage not to join non-priority ventures. Such as the bar visit after an exhausting event day. Balance your absence by participating in another activity as long as your energy level is still relatively high: for example, join in on the first evening and not on the second.
  5. If you are an activist, try to organize a birthday present for a colleague's birthday.

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6 responses to "2 X 5 tips for introverts in a team: Quiet, but powerful"

  1. Dr. Sylvia Loehken says:

    RT @SylviaLoehken: Team tips for intros at @Berufebilder. With a lot of personal experience. :-)
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  2. Ursula Rosengart says:

    RT @SylviaLoehken: Team tips for intros at @Berufebilder. With a lot of personal experience. :-)
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  3. Dr. Sylvia Loehken says:

    What should you know as an intro for your work in a team? New post on @Berufebilder, from personal experience. - Exciting contributiondxPql2IYv1

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