Thursday, September 11, 2014

Half the World Doesn’t Understand Me

I get frustrated when people don’t understand me. 

In this issue:
*  Half the World Doesn't Understand Me
*  Define Your Destiny: A Self-Awareness Journey Toward Servant Leadership
*  Training and Development
*  Truett Cathy
*  Remembering 9/11

Half the World Doesn't Understand Me

I get frustrated when people don’t understand me. 

This is NOT a rant...LOL! Hi, my name is Kelvin Redd, and I am introvert. But what exactly does that mean? I am glad you asked, so I will tell you. 

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it’s all about where you derive your energy. Some studies show that 50% of the population is either introverted or extroverted. I have met introverts who told me they were extroverts. I asked how they knew for sure. They said, “Because I am around people all day long.” In response, I asked them: What is your energy level at the end of the day—after you’ve been around all those people? That’s when the light bulb usually comes on because their energy level is usually not that high. 

The following are three things you should know about my introversion: 

  1. I like to work with my door closed at least a couple of hours a day. I need total concentration to be effective. I also have an open door policy. All you have to do is knock, open the door, and come in. 
  2. I wear earbuds when I talk on my iPhone. I like to listen to audiobooks or talk radio on my iPhone as well, so the earbuds are always in my ear. Sometimes I forget they’re there. However, the buds do allow me to block-out the outside world. Please note that the earbuds are not meant to offend anyone. And I'm certainly not trying to make a fashion statement. Maybe they are a coping mechanism. A friend told me that wearing earbuds is not good business etiquette. This friend, of course, is an extrovert. J 
  3. I have an extroverted side to me. I love to socialize but if I stay “there” too long I will hit a wall. For instance, a week of meetings and workshops, where I am required to be “on”, usually saps my energy by Friday. As a result, it’s not unusual for me to “chill” on the weekends. But after a while in solitude, I can't wait to get back out there and socialize again. 
What about you? Are you in an introvert? If so, do you understand where I’m coming from in this article? I’d love to hear from you. 
   It Won't Be Long...

  Training and Development 
I have seen Dr. Geil Browning write this message on a flip chart at every Emergenetics workshop that I have attended. How does it speak to you?

   Thought for the Week
“Nearly every moment of every day we have the opportunity to give something to someone else our time, our love, our resources. I have always found more joy in giving when I did not expect anything in return.” – Truett Cathy, Founder, Chic-Fil-A

I took this picture last year while in New York City for the Emergenetics International's Brain Summit. On the final night of the conference, dinner was held at the headquarters of Inc. Magazine which overlooked Ground Zero. This is a picture of one of the new towers.

Do you remember where you were when this tragedy happened?

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