Would you Take That Extra Step?

I've been job hunting for a while now. Popular advice tells me to "leverage my network" because insiders can help me gain access to the "hidden job market" (the jobs that aren't posted). Popular advice tells me that I should also try to build a job based on my unique skills and experience.

Popular advice isn't in touch with reality.

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December 13, 2013 in category Career Center | Permalink | Comments (0)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, is certainly not the only book about introversion, nor was it the first. Nevertheless, Quiet sparked a discussion that was bigger than anything we'd seen before.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

The book that started the Quiet Revolution.

Are you an Introvert? Do you know what that means?

If you think an Introvert is a shy person, someone who just needs to "break out of their shell", or someone who dislikes people, think again. Introversion isn't a disorder (although it came perilously close to being listed as one as recently as 2012).

Approximately half of the population is introverted. Introversion is normal. And, with the publication of "Quiet", introversion has become, ironically, a lot more popular.

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August 29, 2013 in category Books, Personality Type | Permalink | Comments (0)

Working From Home

I read this today in the Huffington Post:

Marissa Mayer's Work-From-Home Ban Is The Exact Opposite Of What CEOs Should Be Doing

Lisa Belkin
Senior Columnist on Life/Work/Family, The Huffington Post

What others see as the future of the workplace, and what parents see as a most important tool for juggling home and work, Marissa Mayer apparently sees as disposable.

The CEO of Yahoo!, who made news when she took the position last summer... announced through the company's human resources arm yesterday that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely.

"Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," says the memo from HR director Jackie Rees, and reprinted by Kara Swisher on allthingsd.com last night. "We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."

No. It doesn't.

Allow me to repeat what Lisa says in my own words.

No. It does not.

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February 23, 2013 in category Career Center | Permalink | Comments (0)

Social Styles vs MBTI: A Type Epiphany

Many years ago, at least 5 years before I discovered the MBTI, I took a one-day workshop called "Managing Interpersonal Relationships", offered through my day job.

The workshop used one of the "4-Quadrant Personality Models" as a way to explain and improve team communications (aka "interpersonal relationships") in the workplace. In particular, it focused on the Social Styles model developed by David Merrill & Roger Reid. The Social Styles model theorizes that people operate with four distinct ways of interaction, or social styles: Analytical, Amiable, Driving and Expressive.

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February 13, 2013 in category Personality Type, Relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)

Emotional Intelligence and Type

(Note: This article was originally posted in my "personal" weblog. I decided to copy it here so that all of my Type-related posts can be found in commentary.)

Yesterday, I attended a workshop entitled "Linking Type and Emotional Intelligence for Effectiveness". The workshop was presented by Roger Pearman for BAAPT (the Bay Area Association for Psychological Type). (Flyer)

In the morning, we learned the basics of Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

"The role of emotions in cognition is pervasive and ubiquitous. Perception and judgement in all its forms are affected by emotional tonalities and reactions.

Psychological type plays an essential role in understanding the emotional triggers for each individual as well as the strategies for self-management."

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February 10, 2013 in category Personality Type, Relationships | Permalink | Comments (0)