Mike Fox of the International Center for Studies in Creativity first introduced me to extroverts’ and introverts’ differences as innovators. He shared their creative differences. They differ quite a bit. Yet, we cram both into the same processes.
Problems for Driving Innovation
Some of this is because there is scant info on extroverts’ and introverts’ differences from a non-social aspect. That is why I have devoted a series to how they differ in this sense.
Extroverts and Introverts Differences
Extroverts’ and introverts’ differences as innovators do not have to be about grand schemes. They could be about simple, daily ones.
In this sense then, extroverts will tend to:
- Share a lot of ideas with many not having much promise
- Think through them shallowly
- Research most of them thoroughly
- Write many of them down
- Have a process to filter them
- Discuss with others to sort through them
- Avoid being wedded to one idea
- Use ideas “out of the box” (i.e. best practices)
Introverts will tend to:
- Share few ideas but they have promise
- Think through them extensively
- Filter out the less promising ones
- Research only a few of the best
- Discuss with others to refine points
- Be wedded to one idea
- Write only one or a couple down to share
- Refine ideas to fit their situations
Their Power Sources
Extroverts and introverts differences as innovators are based on their power sources.
Extroverts will rely on external tools to filter and refine ideas. This means using research, processes, best practices and discussion to do this.
Introverts will rely on internal tools to do this. This means tapping their own thought processes, assessments, experience and expertise.
Keep in mind differences are relative. Both do all these things. They just do them less than the other does. Also, we are all a blend of these two. It will vary by our circumstances and moods.
No pure extrovert or introvert exists.
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- Introverts and Extroverts Working Together
- Introverts and Extroverts as Speakers
- How Introverted and Extroverted Car Drivers Differ
- Powerful Introverts and Extroverts and Their Effect on People
- Extroverts and Introverts Differences as Innovators
- Introverts and Extroverts as Builders of Our Lives