2019 TEDx Talk Summary

Tackling the Extraversion Bias in Organisations; accessing the untapped potential of Introverts.

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The bias towards Extraversion leaves up to 50% of the talent in a business exhausted by pretending, in order to fit in, or frustrated that their natural qualities are undervalued.


The irrefutable neurodiversity that underlies Introversion and Extraversion is still widely misunderstood. And the existence of scientific evidence of the neurological basis for this diversity is often denied. Little wonder, then, that the world of work and business practices are routinely biased towards Extraversion.


In this heartfelt talk, I identify some of the most obvious business practices that are biased, which many Introverts will instantly recognise. I outline the negative consequences of these practices which include the impact on productivity, well-being and diversity.


For businesses that are ready to level the playing field in order to honour this aspect of diversity for true inclusion, I outline my 3-step process to reduce and ultimately eliminate this bias and its negative consequences. I urge organisations to take positive action and encourage introverts to own their strengths and step into their power.