on Quiet

A lady wrote a book a few years ago that I like a lot. It’s subtitle is “the power of introverts in a world that won’t stop talking” Bam. That’s right.

The point that keeps circling through my mind is that there is no best personality type. Period. In the animal kingdom, a herd needs some to be watching for signs of danger and some to go out and do the hunting etc. In the human realm, we need the talkers who talk, and the people who think. 

What was unsettling was that in groups the loudest talker is typically the one that is heard. This means that if the person with the best idea isn’t the loudest talker (which logically makes sense, b/c the people taking time to think rather than talk would have logically have more formed ideas) than the best idea doesn’t get heard. That hurts. And, it makes sense of why there are politics in office scenarios. Seriously, we are trusting persuasion not logic, and it’s wired in us to do that!

Leaders who are “introverted” tend to listen better to the insights of the teams they are in charge of and, in a sense, serve better. <- my take on it. We all know of “leaders” who are filibustering and not getting anything done. I like the idea of those proving themselves in battle being the ones who direct what the group will do. He who is faithful with what is little will be faithful with what is much.

Use of Data

A while ago PBS or some such show had a special on Walmart and how they know precisely how much of a certain item to stock. They use complex statistics and know how many pop tarts people want under different conditions.

Contrast that with Target’s data gathering. They gather data on individual habits. And, as we know from the book “The Power of Habit” Target can predict when a woman is pregnant before she knows.

We also know that people go to certain stores based on income level.

Those earning below $30,000 (per year) tend to go to Dollar General, Dollar Tree etc. for their needs.
Those earning $30,000-$80,000 (per year) typically go to Walmart for basic needs (and I assume Kroger)
Those earning $80,000-$120,000 (per year) typically go to Target for their stuffs (and I assume Publix)

I find it interesting that the mass way of thinking about people works or, at least, is used for services for people in lower income brackets. And, the chain aiming for clients with higher income collect and study individual patterns. It seems the masses are historically poor.