My friends and family know how passionate I am on this topic, they kindly humor me and listen to my latest learning journeys and experiences in the studies of ADHD. You see, I am convinced of the fact that ADHD—although I detest this medical term and all of the negative labeling associated with it—for those of us with attention differences, have the benefit of experiencing life at an entirely different level than those with “normal” attention traits. One of the greatest assets of ADHD is innate curiosity and desire to learn.
For example, this week of July 4th, I have attended Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell’s (shown with me above) program at the Cape Cod Institute, titled “Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span.” Hallowell, headquartered in Boston, has conducted this class several times in the past to mental health professionals, academicians, educational professionals, and others with strong interest in ADHD education. Hallowell is one of the most gracious, generous, and engaging mental health professionals ever to enter the stage on ADHD topics. My notebook has been filling faster than ever before as if I was cramming for the admissions test into heaven.
The author of more than 15 books on ADHD and human interactions, Hallowell is a brilliant academic, gifted author, masterful presenter, and entertaining story-teller. He, an M.D. and psychiatrist, has many of the symptoms of ADHD and uses every one of those assets to leverage and promote his strengths-based philosophy and practice.
I have long suspected that ADHD individuals are one of the greatest overlooked human assets within an organization. This continues to be the basis of my Ph.D. studies. How do we unlock the ADHD individual to rid oneself of the negative, unwarranted, and shameful beliefs and allow them to become the best they can possibly be? We do know that many, if not most, ADHD individuals are brilliant, creative, risk-takers, out-of-the-box thinkers, leaders, and challengers of the status quo. Isn’t this what we need today across our organizations? This is the power of ADHD.