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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Proymn Press (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983108404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983108405
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Introverts, you've earned your place at the front of the line and this remarkable, eminently practical book shows you how to use your own unique qualities to get there. It could help you bypass years of professional struggle ... a must-read!" - Robert Priddy, President, third_Evolution, Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians

"Shelleman uses her extensive training in organizational behavior to equip introverts, especially those who are also shy, to master aspects of business life they would just as soon avoid. A very generous work." - Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D., author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength

"The information in this book can enable introverts to lead and succeed in any organization." - Garrett VanAtta, President, SPX Communication Technology

Invaluable!  A no-nonsense career guide for introverts."The most effective [approach] is to rely on the strengths of introversion. This turns the situation on its head and takes you to a position of strength. By taking control, you are proactive in establishing your professional reputation rather than defending it against assumptions others make about you."

Highly recommended for all readers - even the most charismatic extroverts can learn crucial social interaction lessons from this sensible, accessible, and absolutely invaluable guide!

- The Midwest Book Review

From the Author

Are you a professional who...
  • Is quiet and thoughtful rather than flashy or quick?
  • Wants to be the best at what you do?
  • Feels stuck and uncertain how to be true to yourself and still succeed?
  • Suffers from frustration at getting ahead when your employer or potential clients seem to undervalue you?
  • Wish you could just be alone to do your work, but that's not about to happen anytime soon?
If you answered YES to these questions, then I'm pleased that you found me.

Having served as a mentor and teacher to professionals of all stripes and studied organizational psychology, I've gained experience and perspective that led me to develop a complete program to leverage the full power of introverts. Its purpose is so that they can achieve promotions, lead teams and their organizations more effectively, and get important things done without being extroverts.

Introverts are different and that's a good thing!  My drive for this came from my own experiences as an introvert and my in-depth study of workplace dynamics and leadership. Combining an understanding of personality with these important business concepts, a unique perspective for practical change emerged. It became a passion bordering on obsession and guides my practice. Introverts in professional roles deserve more than they currently get in the world of work!

Over the past five years, I developed and refined a template for success that is summarized in The Introvert's Guide to Professional Success: How to Let Your Quiet Competence Be Your Career Advantage. It is the first practical how-to manual designed to fit the unique needs of different professionals at various points of their careers. It's informed by good behavioral science and tested by introverts in various walks of professional life. I've presented principles of the framework to grateful professionals who nearly unanimously say I've changed their perspective on their careers, given them hope, and reinvigorated them to move forward toward their goals with new insights.

See my Author Page for information about my credentials.

More About the Author

Are you a professional who...

* Is quiet and thoughtful rather than flashy or quick?
* Wants to be the best at what you do?
* Feels stuck and uncertain how to be true to yourself and still succeed?
* Suffers from frustration at getting ahead when your employer or potential clients seem to undervalue you?
* Wish you could just be alone to do your work, but that's not about to happen anytime soon?

If you answered YES to these questions, then I'm pleased that you found my profile.

Flash is okay in Vegas but not for me! I am and want to be known as the "quiet" one - substance rather than flash. Having served as a mentor and teacher to professionals of all stripes and studied organizational psychology, I've gained experience and perspective that led me to develop a complete program to leverage the full power of introverts. Its purpose is so that they can achieve promotions, lead teams and their organizations more effectively, and get important things done *without being extroverts*.

My drive for this came from my own experiences as an introvert and my in-depth study of workplace dynamics and leadership. Combining an understanding of personality with these important business concepts, a unique perspective for practical change emerged. It became a passion bordering on obsession and guides my work. **Introverts in professional roles deserve more than they currently get in the world of work!**

Over the past five years, I developed and refined a template for success that is summarized in The Introvert's Guide to Professional Success: How to Let Your Quiet Competence Be Your Career Advantage. Not merely a collection of random tips, this book presents a logical plan for professional development. The first book to focus on a range of workplace dynamics for introverts in diverse professional roles at work, it is a practical how-to manual designed to fit the unique needs of different professionals at various points of their careers. It's informed by good behavioral science and tested by introverts in various walks of professional life. I've presented principles of the framework to grateful professionals who nearly unanimously say I've changed their perspective on their careers, given them hope, and reinvigorated them to move forward toward their goals with new insights.

NEW - Now two workbooks have been released to complement The Introvert's Guide to Professional Success and to help you practice the strategies you have learned. The series, The Introverted Professional's Field Guide to Leveraging Quiet Competence, includes Volume 1: Build Impetus for Lasting Results and Volume 2: Manage Interfaces and Internal Capabilities for Long-Term Success.

History

Joyce Shelleman, Ph.D. has mentored or taught more than 1,000 professionals, leaders, and aspiring leaders who want to better understand workplace dynamics, organizations, and behavior at work.

Her experience with professionals began in 1981 when she was the first director of planning for a vibrant community hospital. After an expanded role in a teaching hospital and independent consulting, she earned a Ph.D. in business (organizational behavior) at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, where she honed her knowledge and skills. This included insight to unique characteristics of professions and professional jobs, effects of personality traits such as introversion, understanding of teams and management of people, and important organization dynamics like power and influence.

With training in organizational psychology and dynamics, Dr. Shelleman has frequently taught at the university level, mentoring both MBA students and undergraduates. With her research published in applied management journals, she is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Business Disciplines.

As a professional herself, Joyce understands professionals because she also has experienced these issues. The Introvert's Guide to Professional Success: How to Let Your Quiet Competence Be Your Career Advantage is a practical and down-to-earth manual for high achievers who seek to understand and leverage their quiet personality as an asset to manage others, seek better relations with colleagues, become a leader, or simply get more challenging and interesting assignments.

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In my opinion extraverts can benefit from reading this book to understand Introverts.
Kathy
Putting the introvert in-charge of his/her career, this book provides the `what', the `why' and most importantly the `how' toward developing one's career advantage.
G. A. Gull
I immediately tried out some of the strategies - something I can't say for any of the other things I've read that tell me how to network like I'm an extrovert.
Frank

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Frank on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book and found myself nodding in agreement time after time as it relates to my experience as an accountant in my company. The author points out that introverts actually make less money than extroverts and get promoted less often. Dr. Shelleman's book expresses a genuine understanding and appreciation for the interplay between introversion and professional careers. Despite being under-appreciated in our extrovert-biased culture, she discusses how as a professional my introverted personality can be applied in a way that it becomes strength and not a weakness. I've seen how an introverted personality can hold really bright people back - even in a profession like mine where introverts are in the majority.

This book explains that career success is a product of both my technical and human skills. I had not looked at it that way before. The implication is that I have to move beyond the applied professional knowledge that I accumulated in my formal education and then in my career at work and begin paying attention to how my personality interfaces with other people. As an introvert, that's something I would rather ignore but Dr. Shelleman's framework makes it doable.

She presents a timed, sequential strategy to transform my introverted qualities into more of an asset than, at times, a liability. It all makes sense to me. Her bio shows that Dr. Shelleman has in-depth training in both psychology and business and it is evident in her book. As someone who is a specialist in organizational behavior and teaches as well as consults to and coaches professionals, the book demonstrates that she knows how to explain what are sometimes complex ideas in a very straightforward way. As I mentioned before, the book connected with me right away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara V on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
While I called myself an "introvert," until I read Dr. Shelleman's book I didn't recognize how that trait could be limiting my professional opportunities. Happily, the author reassures us introverts (the most likely readers of this book) that we can improve our careers without changing our personalities. She shows readers how to build on strengths, using our "quiet competence." Chapters offer specific tools, activities, and steps (some online) for dealing with issues that introverts often find troubling, such as forging helpful relationships, influencing others, communication, and dealing with social anxiety.

Shelleman shows that we can take small specific steps, sometimes to adapt our work situations, and other times to adapt our own behaviors, yet avoid stepping too far outside our own comfort zone. For instance, I feel encouraged to try one of her recommendations: using the concept of "reciprocity," identify a couple of receptive colleagues who may be willing to share useful information. I would definitely recommend the book for professionals working in group settings or as solo practitioners - at some point it's our contact with others than will help us progress.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on July 1, 2012
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As a professional who considers himself to be introspective and a quiet observer, I highly recommend this book. In a way that is both encouraging and easy to read, Dr. Shelleman shows in specific steps and by examples how I can use the strengths of my innate personality and "quiet competence" to its greatest advantage in order to achieve further success in my career. Thank you, Dr. Shelleman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on April 7, 2012
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This book is a must read for Introverts!!! In my opinion extraverts can benefit from reading this book to understand Introverts. I've read many books about Introverts and by far Ms. Shellmans book offers the best advice on how introverts can get noticed by using their quite strengths and be themselves without acting like an extraverts and compromising who they really are. I never realized introverts were viewed so negatively and with this knowledge and using the advise in this book, I know how to put my best foot foward and use my quite strength to get noticed in the mist of extraverts.
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