SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Introvert’s Guide to the Workplace: Concrete Strategies for Bosses and Employees to Thrive and Succeed

Skyhorse. Apr. 2020. 274p. ISBN 9781510754157. $16.99. BUS
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Tw. surprising facts inform this work. First, 50.7 percent of Americans are introverts. Second, extroverted men make $490,100 more than introverted men over their lifetimes. The difference between extroverted and introverted women is $284,600. Clearly, growing up and working in an extrovert-focused society poses unique challenges to those who gain energy by being alone. Orozco, a life and business coach, founder of Introvertology, and self-professed introvert, covers an array of topics regarding introversion, including its etiology, common myths and misconceptions, different types, and workplace assets and challenges. The author provides practical recommendations and exercises for identifying satisfying careers, nailing interviews, handling self-promotion, and thriving in the workplace. Salted with anecdotes and interviews, the book also contains guidelines for coping with situations that often present particular challenges to introverts, including shared work-spaces, small talk, networking (live and online), and public speaking.
VERDICT On par with Jane Finkle’s The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up, Orozco’s work is highly recommended for introverts and those who work with and supervise them.

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