Of course, I’m not suggesting there are jobs that only dyslexics can do. But, just imagine if employers valued the enhanced abilities that dyslexia can provide – or the ‘dyslexia superpowers‘ (See 3/5).
I have applied for a few senior positions in my time and have been faced with completing the anonymous ‘Equal Opportunities Form’. Each time, I think, “Do I have a disability?“, “Should I declare it?“, “What would be the consequences?“, “Is it really confidential?” …
It’s hard to pick up a newspaper [or read your favourite title on the proprietary app] and not read about the latest big challenge faced by a big organisation. See below a few examples from this week’s press coverage:
- NHS … Fifty-two NHS hospitals sent patients elsewhere in busiest week yet
- TATA … Chandra’s challenge: Old problems await a new boss at Tata
- VW … VW’s scandal: The cost of cheating
- NHS again … One in five new drugs could be rationed on the NHS
Clearly, these are big complex problems with multiple stakeholders and both political and financial implications. Oh, and probably full of big data.
So, if you run one of these organisations, Who you gonna call?
No, not Ghostbusters!
But, perhaps a group of people with specially honed big picture thinking [yes, you know where I’m going!] (See 5/52). But, you recruit your top talent from top graduates from top universities; who have in turn recruited top students with top A-levels; most likely achieved by students with an enhanced ability for fine detail thinking. Really you need both big picture thinking and fine detail thinking to crack these really big problems.
Perhaps this is at the heart of the matter. We have designed an educational system that rewards fine detail thinking and labels the very people with enhanced big picture thinking as dysfunctional.
As a society, we often look to government and politicians for solutions. But, how many successful applicants to Fast Stream or MPs are dyslexic?
Why not take matters into your own hands?
Who will be the first large organisation to include, ‘Evidence of overcoming the challenges of dyslexia‘ under desirable selection criteria?