I Have ADD and So Can - Ooh, Shiny!

neurodiversity, lifeskills

Neurodiversity is the hidden diversity on our teams. Unlike obvious external markers, mental and personality quirks or invisible disabilities are not always easy for us to remember or adjust for. But sometimes diversity in this area is as important as any other.

How can you remember and honor that your team members are all experiencing slightly different realities? How can those different realities make your product and team stronger and more effective?

Come listen to me talk about my own invisible neurodiversity and what it has taught me about being a good team member and becoming more effective because of who I am, not in spite of it.

How many times have you gotten fired? Told you're not living up to your potential?

A lot of smart people don't look great when you rate them on measures that are better at determining focus than actual capacity. I'm one of those people. I score great at tests and terrible on anything that requires me to keep track of pieces of paper. We carry these traits into our professional life, so how can we work with ourselves and each other in a way that honors who we are while also getting some work done?

This talk has a grounding of theory of neurodiversity, and then we go into some concrete actions teams can take to make sure they are not a monoculture mentally, as well as worknig to diversify themselves in more visible ways.