Is neglecting different thinkers keeping your business from the brightest talent?
What links Charles Darwin, Jerry Seinfeld, Emily Dickinson and Courtney Love? It sounds like the start of a highly improbable joke. But the answer – they have all been diagnosed to be, or are assumed to have been, on the autism spectrum – shouldn’t come as a surprise. A link between certain neurological conditions and high performance, whether in evolutionary theory or stand-up comedy, has long been acknowledged. And finally business is starting to use this information to its advantage.
We’ve come to recognize the benefits of a diverse group of people in the workplace, but isn’t it time we also embrace a diverse group of brain types?
What if we’ve been thinking about our brains in the wrong way? What if traits like ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and others weren’t thought of as “disorders,” but as brain makeups that are not only natural but also contain unique gifts and contributions?