OK, let’s get this out of the way. It’s pronounced Z’vee. It should be pronounced Tsvi as it’s spelled in Hebrew, but my parents decided to give me the really sweet Z as a first letter. (Yes, the name is Israeli. I was born in Boston.)

I’m an introvert. There’s a high likelihood you are, too, given what we’ve learned about relationship-driven professionals. I’m such an extreme introvert that during my freshman year of university, I seriously considered going back to my parents’ home every weekend just to avoid talking to people (don’t cry for me, I ended up having a ton of fun for four years).

This tendency persisted when I started working for a large consulting firm. Our managers were ...

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