Quietness and productivity

15 Feb

If were to describe myself. I am a quiet person with some sudden and inexplicable need for fun and happiness. Remember the male stray dog analogy shared in earlier posts 🙂

People who know would categorize myself as quiet. Yes, am quiet. I do talk when have to or feel like. I do what ever work profile demands. My great inspiration to work is what the brilliant and great director  Martin Scorsese said of one of the greatest actors Robert  de Niro in a AFI felicitationHe never looks down on the character he plays, he never judges them, that way he is out of character too and is a good man.”  I am not the great actor. I have always humbly tried to do best of whatever came my way. So am from De Niro school of work 🙂

Susan Cain in a wonderfully instructive TED talk on the power of introverts said ”  Our most important institutions, our schools and our workplaces, they are designed mostly for extroverts and for extroverts’ need for lots of stimulation. And also we have this belief system right now that I call the new groupthink, which holds that all creativity and all productivity comes from a very oddly gregarious place.”

She is very right. There is a extroversion bias. I work in a open plan office for first time, my greatest challenge is to find a quiet space to think, understand and do work. It’s like seeking zen in a market place. Every one seems to talk all the time,  Yes they are talking about work, rightly so..

I want to share this fast company piece on ” The link between quietness and productivity”.  Roberta Matuson states virtues of quiet..

Being quiet calms others. Quiet people have the ability to calm those around them. For example, when everyone is stressing out because it looks like a team isn’t going to meet their deadlines, it’s usually the quiet people who are able to calm people down and carry them over the finish line.

Being quiet conveys confidence. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone when you are confident. You know you do a good job and you believe that eventually others will take notice.

Being quiet means you think before you speak. Quiet people are usually thoughtful thinkers. They think things through before making a statement. Something you probably wish many of your workers would do before taking up your valuable time.”

Please see for more : http://www.fastcompany.com/3000226/link-between-quietness-and-productivity

I follow the De Niro school at work and De Niro school in life 🙂

Iam not good as the great actor, but do not judge work and do what it takes and come out a human being.. Yes, am quiet and shy in life.. with some inexplicable need for fun and happiness.

Good night friends! Those who are quiet are also good..

Have a nice week ahead!

Love, Suresh





2 Responses to “Quietness and productivity”

  1. Steve February 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm #

    Your words are so true http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/plato.html

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