“I actually thrive on all the challenges, and I don’t feel like ADD has impaired my ability.” – David Neeleman, CEO JetBlue.
“There are many positives with ADD, including a surplus of ideas, creativity, excitement, and interest which accompany this kind of mind.” – Sari Solden, Women With Attention Deficit Disorder.
“I think Ritalin and other psychoactive drugs for children will remain popular in this country until the values of our society change. There is an intolerance of temperamental diversity currently, yet it is that very diversity that has made our culture rich and worthy.” – Dr. Lawrence Diller, Running on Ritalin.
Is thinking differently disruptive? For some workplaces, and some positions, ADD or ADHD is intolerable. For many leaders, the person who is almost consistently late is an annoyance – others look past this and see the same person works through lunch, or finds a brilliant solution on a weekend bicycle trip… which leader is right?
Is it a choice between tolerance and intolerance, right and wrong, or is this a symptom of a need for reform in corporate culture?
In learning theory we talk of Multiple Intelligence and how to use engagement methods that take consideration of the student. This is starting to get some traction in the corporate world.
But as with many changes, it comes slow.
Considering the talk about Generation Flux – is it possible that things will change a little faster, workplaces will become more flexible and accepting of differences – this sounds like a better atmosphere for those with ADD or other differences.
Einstein was kicked out of school as a dummy, he turned up to parties in pyjamas… he’s focus and creativity advanced society and science immeasurably. He’s also seen as a posterchild for the potential of those with ADD.
Is the world going to end if the staff meeting starts 5mins late? Not likely.
Embrace the black sheep – don’t get upset over minor quirks – focus on the great leaps that can be achieved by diversity!