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"The Power of Introverts"

In an age of Social Media and Networking, let's not forget the introvert..

We are honored to invite Susan Cain, the author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" as a keynoter at Learning 2012.

Susan Cain says introverts often make better leaders, and have more creative ideas, than extroverts.  Yet, our culture still holds a decided bias toward the "extrovert ideal".  That may soon change.

susancainbooksSusan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant -- and a self-described introvert. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts, notes Cain in her new book Quiet. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin's nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology and on prolific interviews, she also explains why introverts are capable of great love and great achievement, not in spite of their temperaments -- but because of them.

Elliott Masie will interview Susan Cain, focusing on the workforce and talent issues that her research highlight. In addition, Learning 2012 willl organize a working task force to look at how we frame Social Knowledge and Social Learning in the framework of the Introvert.

Here is a recent TED talk by Susan Cain on our need to include and engage the Introvert in our organizational and workplace designs: