Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%
Up to 30% of the workforce will be neurodivergent in the next 10-15 years. What is it and how can you get the competitive edge today by taking advantage of these specially-talented workers’ skills?
Peter Shankman returns to share his quite personal explanation.
The show begins with Shankman giving his definition of neurodiversity, starting with his background growing up with ADHD and outlining his experiences in school. He describes business practices that he’s contorted to fit his mental patterns. Shankman goes into his daily routine and how he prefers to get his medicine naturally as opposed to medically. He talks about his practice of writing books while on plane trips and an advantage of having ADHD which he describes as ‘hyperfocus’.
This segment talks about his current life as a single father intermingled with his job as an international speaker. He segways into more definitions and findings about neurodiversity and the shifting atmosphere for neurodiverse people in the business world. Shankman talks about a friend of his at Harvard with ADHD and how she increases her productivity far beyond a standard worker by taking advantage of the condition. He goes into how allowing your employees the flexibility to create systems that work best for them and how self-care is more important than draining your energy and time for productivity. Shankman describes the recruitment process: why businesses NEED to accomodate for the neurodiverse before hiring, speaking to personal experiences on why this is necessary.
Shankman outlines different types of ADHD, Type T Positive and Type T Negative, and how the different types seek their mental stimulation, returning to his experiences in school and varying reactions he got from teachers on his condition and how it affected his interest and performance in different subjects, going into how employers should find ways to make the workplace more suitable for the neurodiverse’s peak interests. He gives advice for companies on how they should approach standing out in this arena when hiring these workers and how to keep them, transitioning into the importance of ‘Mental Health Days’. Right here starts a retrospective on human history and how we can now see these conditions present throughout history.
The final segment opens with Shankman talking embracing spontaneous and possibly brilliant ideas despite connotations people have against the neurodiverse. He promotes the mentality of ‘Why not?’,risk-taking, and briefly reminiscing on the golden days of Twitter. The show closes with Shankman’s observations on the rest of the neurodiverse community, how he aims to prepare for his next IRONMAN Triathlon and the importance of time management.