Navigating through Introversion: Four Proven Methods to Improve Collaboration When Working with Introverts

Contrary to general conceptions, being outgoing or assertive is not the only way to excel in our careers. In fact, many great leaders, innovators and artists are (or were) introverts.

As a child who was a serious introvert, I can empathize with those who are. It’s not a choice; rather, it’s what comes naturally. As such, group activities at school were, at times, more a source of anxiety than anything else. Over the years, my introversion lessened and eventually became a thing of the past.

However, that is not the case for many introverts.

In this blog, I’ll examine these challenges, and, more importantly, explore some solutions.

Common Misconceptions About Introverts in the Corporate Environment

Some common misconceptions about introverts, particularly in the context of the corporate environment, are:

  • They don’t exhibit strong leadership skills.
  • They are disengaged or uninterested.
  • They don’t like their job or their colleagues.

This can …

Intelex Rides to Extend Lives!

A team of Intelexians participated in the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart on Sunday, June 5, 2011, and the weather could not have cooperated more.  Clear, sunny skies and warm temperatures made ideal riding conditions as Toronto shut down the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway for the annual event.

Demonstrating our commitment to healthy lifestyles, Team Intelex flexed its leg muscles and assembled the finest team of cyclists/athletes to participate in this worthy cause. The team got off to a slow start trying to meet up at the Better Living Centre Corporate check-in. Latecomers and a delicious breakfast of cheese omelette and sausages resulted in miscommunication, a late team photo session, and people being missed at the starting gate.

Once together though, the Intelex peloton shifted gears and refocused its energy to set off on their respective 25- and 50-kilometre routes. The morning ride was a wonderful … Read more...