In this TED talk Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking talks about the way that our society has marginalised much of what introverts have to offer in the past century.
As an introvert myself (and the only one in my household) i was encouraged by this message and thought about what I could do in my work to allow introverts to better flourish and express their creativity.
One point that struck me was how our habit of group decision making is often detrimental, as it panders to the most charismatic talker. She makes the observation of how many of the world’s sages went off to the wilderness in solitude to bring back wisdom for society.
In our ministry we tend to do a lot of decision-making in meetings, and I was struck that it may helpful to build something of this structure into our decision-making at meetings. To pitch a problem, to allow people to go off individually to consider the problem for a period of time, and then to come back to share our wisdom with the group at large, as opposed to having a free-for-all discussion.