“Geeks shall inherit the earth.” Alexandra Robbins
Neurodiversity offers a new science-based frontier for business performance; a way managers and leaders can provide the ingredients for some of the brightest and quirkiest to perform, flourish and succeed in their working lives.
Neurodiversity comes in many different forms including high IQ, innate talent and traits of autism. The people who these brains belong to – often-called geeks or super geeks – are some of the top talent in 21st century business. They often work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) or specialist professions.
Here are six reasons businesses should pay attention to neurodiversity:
1. The 21st century global economy is increasingly knowledge based.
Ideas, innovation, technology, science, engineering, mathematics and creativity have never been more important in the national and global economies. Businesses need to be good at understanding the brains that have the ideas that can make and save millions.
2. Get and keep the top talent that delivers this exceptional value.
Neurodiversity offers a precise, structured and differentiated approach to attracting, recruiting, retaining and motivating geeks and super geeks. Businesses can use insights from neurodiversity to create an environment in which they can thrive.
3. A way to get top performance from the brightest brains.
Often complementing what is already happening to manage different kinds of people, it gives ways to harness strengths, manage challenges and minimise vulnerabilities. Open-mindedness from managers and leaders can make this straightforward and cost-effective to implement.
4. Better connection and communication between different kinds of minds.
The profile of someone who has high technical ability yet finds people relatively mysterious is familiar to many. A neurodiversity perspective offers a way of understanding how different kinds of minds experience social environments and what can be done to improve communication.
5. Ways to improve Inclusion and Participation.
Many people with the clever but less social minds are often excluded from many aspects of working life and the opportunities it offers. This means businesses risk missing out on outstanding creativity and innovation. Neurodiversity promotes inclusion by giving managers and leaders ways of engaging with different kinds of minds.
6. Optimum Expert to Leader Development
Where brains work differently, they learn differently. Neurodiversity offers a way to differentiate learning opportunities to get the best outcomes for the business and the individual.
What if your business could get the best thinking out of the brightest brains? What if you could align this with business objectives? What value would there be to your business in doing this better than your competitors?
May 2015, London. Come to our Masterclass: Coaching Supergeeks.