Update: If YOU are a shy individual and want to get more outgoing, check out this post from Upgrade Reality.
Now that I’ve described the main types of engineers, I’m going to gear some advice in how to work with them. First on the chopping block is those shy and quiet engineers who don’t need, or even want to get noticed, or even talk to others. I think that this category is one of the hardest to deal with because by virtue of their nature, they don’t want to talk to you about problems, improvements, questions, etc.
Throughout high-school, I was constantly berated by my classmates behind the backs of our teachers. I was called many names that I don’t even care to think about to this day, and as a result, I was extremely introverted. I had a close-knit group of 5-7 friends who I would hang out with in my spare time, but for the most part, I would stay at home with my family and watch TV or play on the computer. That all changed when I moved out after high-school with my friend Ryan. He was a jock (baseball player) and therefore had many friends who I had never met and had no interest in meeting. They would come to our apartment and watch TV, play video games, and go off-roading with the group. At first, I felt like my friend was being taken away from me, but as time went on, I realized that these people actually CARED What I had to say! The names never came, and the more I spoke, the more intently I was received. In fact, some of my best friends now, are those who came from his friend-pool and hung out with me! I owe my extroverted nature to that experience. I’m not sure who I’d be if it weren’t for the short 9 months living with him.