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The Genius of Opposites

How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
9-minute read
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The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

The Genius of Opposites (2015) sheds light on the potential for partnerships between seemingly incompatible personality types: extroverts and introverts. These blinks lay out five basic steps that can turn the most unlikely business partnerships into the most successful.  

  • Leaders seeking ways to improve rocky relationships
  • Managers interested in how personality types bear on business

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, a learning and development professional, is an expert on introverts. She has advised organizations such as General Electric and NASA. Kahnweiler has a Ph.D. in counseling and organizational development and is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). The Genius of Opposites is her third bestselling book.

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The Genius of Opposites

How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together

By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
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The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
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The Genius of Opposites (2015) sheds light on the potential for partnerships between seemingly incompatible personality types: extroverts and introverts. These blinks lay out five basic steps that can turn the most unlikely business partnerships into the most successful.  

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When extroverts and introverts overcome their differences, they can achieve great things.

What would the introverted John Lennon have done without his extroverted counterpart, Paul McCartney? As their relationship proves, opposed personality types can create wonderful things when they work together.

You’ve probably heard time and time again that people are either introverts or extroverts. But can you explain the difference? It’s more than just a preference for solitude or company. Rather, it’s the way you recharge your batteries, so to speak, that makes all the difference.

If, after spending time in a large group of people, you feel the need to curl up alone for a while, then you’re probably an introvert. If you feel totally energized after hanging out with a crowd, but start to feel edgy and tired after spending too much time on your own, then you might be an extrovert. In short: introverts extract their energy from within, while extroverts absorb it from the outside world.

It’s perhaps not surprising, then, that introverts and extroverts don’t always see eye to eye. While introverts might regard extroverts as shallow, extroverts might perceive introverts as snobbish or cold. And so, though many high-performing extrovert-introvert duos seem to have a great collaborative relationship, these relationships are often torn apart by underlying differences.

Nobel Prize-winners James Watson and Francis Crick, for example, though utterly unlike one another, joined forces and made the twentieth century’s greatest scientific discovery: DNA. And yet they ceased to work together following this. Why? Because they no longer had a common goal that helped them overcome their differences.

Still, it is possible to create a great working dynamic between opposites. That’s what we’ll be exploring in the following blinks!

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