An introvert and an extrovert walk into a bar……

Well, it wasn’t a bar, it was actually Katie’s house, but the two players are there. And with Katie there it makes two introverts and one extrovert and a whole lot of tired. But then something happened. We sat and talked about how tired we were and then that moved onto the cunning plan and then Iain showed and told about his thinking at 1am (couldn’t sleep so was totally productive) and that led to the cunning plan taking more shape.

Why does this matter for my job? Because today my amazing boss spoke about why she became an academic. She likes to manage her work, she likes to set her own goals she likes to work in a way that involves research and teaching and for which there are cycles of time. She is an introvert and being an academic suits her preferred work style.

I am an extrovert. Working in a university. Until recently I was working, basically isolated in an office. I’m now with the administration team in a large shared space and I love it! The noise, the chatter, the constant movement. I was so productive today it was scary! And my brain! It’s fired up and coming up with ideas again.

So I have learnt from my wonderful cunning plan conspirators and from my wonderful boss and from the amazing admin team that we need the mix. We benefit from the introvert, extrovert walking into a bar and having a chat. Well, I do anyway. See, while I need the noise and hubbub I also need the introvert. I need the insights that my boss gives me. I prattle at her for a while and then she just says “Can we do X?” and it’s like a whole new world to me. My cunning plan conspirators are the ideas people. I’m just the one who talks a lot, oh, and thinks about the money.

Thank you introverts. I think it’s time I walked with you into more bars, because I think there’s a whole lot more you can teach me. Thank you.


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