Reflections on Introversion

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Good Morning;

This post’s subtitle is Channeling my inner William Shakespeare.

As part of my preparation for the second annual Strategic HR New England retreat/conference, I read Quiet by Susan Cain for the event bookclub.

Never one to stop at one, and with the persistent assistance of Amazon’s recommendations, (aka – spend more money), I added two additional books to make this reading project a trilogy. Thereby adding supplemental content for depth and breadth.

Quiet is now done. Solitude is in progress. Party of One is next.

Your nature is best when known, accepted and nurtured.  To add depth to the breadth, I recommend knowing your Meyers Briggs Type Indicator. I am an INTJ, said by some sources to be the most rare at 1 – 3% of the male population.

Strength Finders 2.0 is another recommended assessment of your nature. My top 5 themes, 0f the 34 included, are: Learner: Deliberative: Connectedness: Intellection: & Relator.

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
— Benjamin Franklin

A third element of your nature is emotional intelligence.  Dan Goleman’s book Primal Leadership speaks to ” “resonant leadership.” Focusing on the four domains of emotional intelligence—self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management…”

These are only waypoints in the journey of a lifetime of self-discovery & nurturing your nature. The three essential questions include:

  1. Who am I?
  2. Who do I want to be?
  3. Who do I need to be?

As Hamlet asked To be or not to be, that is question of and for the ages. In Shakespeare play Hamlet, Polonius states, “To thine own self be true.”

Know your nature, then nurture it.

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One thought on “Reflections on Introversion

  1. Good morning, RMSmithJr. Looking forward to meeting you and to our conversation at the Strategic HR New England Conference regarding Cain’s book. Also, looking forward to the added color you will contribute based on your additional readings. My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator preference is INFP; I am curious about the possibilities that the session will present!

    Renee Charney

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