Warner Norcross Reads, Discusses Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking for its One Book, One Firm Series

The law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has chosen Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain as the 2013 selection for its One Book, One Firm series. 

Now in its sixth year, the popular One Book, One Firm series encourages the entire law firm to read the same book, then provides opportunities to create a series of firm-wide discussions based on the common experience.  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking was inspired by Cain’s experience while practicing corporate law on Wall Street – as an introvert. 

Attorneys and staff from the seven offices of Warner Norcross across Michigan will join in a special lunch-and-learn program on Monday, July 15 to discuss the book.  The program will be led by Joe Day, a partner in Pondera Advisors, a leadership consulting practice that he co-founded in 2006. 

A self-described introvert, Day spent eight years as a professional hockey player, captaining four different teams and receiving numerous awards.  He will offer his insights into how introverts and extroverts can work together in an inclusive organization and, more generally, how personality type differences impact us at work and at home. 

“We often think about diversity and inclusion in terms of race and gender and, indeed, our past book selections have reflected this,” said Diversity Partner Rodney Martin. “There’s a growing movement, though, to expand the meaning to reflect other aspects of diversity and inclusion, such as cognitive or emotional diversity. 

“The book selected for this summer’s reading series, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will allow all of us to reflect on the different approaches that people bring to the table in an effort to promote greater respect and understanding.” 

One Book, One Firm was launched in 2008 as part of the law firm’s ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives.  Additional books in the series have included: 

  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, a memoir about the experience of a Vietnamese girl growing up in West Michigan
  • Hands of My Father, the story of a hearing child who served as the go-between for his deaf parents and the hearing world
  • The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, a work that analyzes the fundamental differences between how men and women operate within companies
  • The Help, the debut novel by author Kathryn Stockett that explores the relationships between black maids and the white families they work for and the children they raise in Jackson, Miss. 
  • The Spirit Catches You and Then You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman, a book about the clash of traditional culture with modern medical culture.