Inspiration taken from the article, “The Link Between Quietness and Productivity” which appeared on FastCompany.com.
In my opinion, quiet people have a tendency to be unfairly judged. In our western culture, we tend to fancy outspoken and assertive personalities. Politics is a perfect example of this. It’s not always the most qualified or best leader who gets elected, it’s the candidate who wins over the masses with congeniality.
One thing I like about the technology boom over the last 10 years is that it’s the age of the quiet genius. The described “nerds” who used to tinker around with computers (at least that’s what the less tech gifted called it) and rarely spoke to anyone outside of his or her clique, are now driving change around the world. These are the new celebrities adored and admired by millions less for their personalities then their achievements. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were no social butterflies before fame and fortune.
What is it about being quiet that has the ability to create such great productivity? Roberta Matuson, author of Suddenly In Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around, wrote an article on FastCompany.com entitled, The Link Between Quietness and Productivity where she shares five outstanding benefits to being and staying quiet in a loud society.
“Sometimes we forget that the most productive people in an organization aren’t the ones who make the most noise. In fact, it’s often the quiet ones who out-produce everyone else.”
Her first benefit is “Being quiet strengthens focus.” By nature, I’m neither the life of the party nor the wall flower. Although, I would consider myself more of an introvert than an extrovert, I really fall somewhere in between. I enjoy social interaction and alone time equally. But when I went from working in an office every weekday to working from home, the most interesting discovery for me was how much more work I got done at home when I was working in solitude. I thrive in the comfort of my own surroundings with only my thoughts to take center stage without other distractions.
What’s fascinating in the article is how Roberta conveys the impact that being quiet also has on the world around a person. When you’re quiet you calm others around you as well.
Be inspired by Roberta’s insight and learn more about the benefits of a quiet attitude by reading The Link Between Quietness And Productivity.
Have you experienced how being quiet has an impact on your productivity? Or are you more of a quiet mouths don’t get fed sort of personality to get the job done. Let us know below.
About Roberta Matuson – Roberta Matuson is an internationally recognized expert on increasing profitability by maximizing employee contribution. Visit her website online at www.yourhrexperts.com. She is author of the book Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around. Download a free bonus chapter. Her upcoming book, The Magnetic Workplace: How to Hire Top Talent That Will Stick Around is set to publish in 2013.