Susan Cain, author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking offers an insightful analysis of how we understand and often misinterpret introversion in children and adults. For example, just because a child is doesn’t participate in a “Mommy and Me” type class at a young age does not mean that the child is not paying attention and doesn’t benefit from listening to music and observing others. She applies this to the business realm as well, showing that great ideas don’t always come from loud, crowded brainstorming sessions but often come from quiet, reflective analysis by individuals of the problems at hand.
On her site she offers a 16 point manifesto. I like number ten:
Rule of thumb for networking events: one genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
Via Brain Pickings