Our round up of the best business dyslexic stories from 2015.
Sir Richard Branson turns 65: The leader as extreme risk taker
Being a risk taker with a creative mind and ability to look at the big picture are top attributes that set Sir Richard Branson apart from other global entrepreneurs, according to academics at the Warwick Business School. Nicos Nicolaou, a professor at the Entrepreneurship and Innovation department of Warwick Business School, believes Branson’s business success can partly be attributed to what is often seen as a considerable learning disadvantage: dyslexia. Read More
Google’s former CIO was deaf and dyslexic as a kid — now he’s helping millions of Americans get emergency loans
At the age of three, Merrill lost his hearing, on top of that, Merrill was dyslexic, meaning he had a hard time reading and was slow at math — an irony considering he now has a PhD in cognitive science from Princeton and was Google’s Chief Information Officer for 6 years. Merrill defers a lot of the credit to people he’s met along the way that’s what inspired him to leave his comfy job at Google and start Zest Finance. The full story
Malcolm Gladwell explains how dyslexia can lead to great success
Author Malcolm Gladwell sat down with moderator Jacob Weisberg at a 92Y event to discuss his latest book “David and Goliath” and highlights some of the unique skills one develops when struggling with dyslexia. This program was originally recorded at 92Y. Watch the Video
Here are 5 business leaders who live with dyslexia
October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month, and you might be surprised to learn that some of the world’s top business leaders are dyslexic. In fact, many business leaders with dyslexia have attributed the condition to their success in business. Here’s a look at a few of those individuals. Read More
‘Shark Tank’ investor Daymond John explains how his dyslexia helped shape him into an entrepreneur
Daymond John had achieved more success than he’d ever imagined his clothing line brought in $350 million, but he worried that his poor spelling and reading comprehension would suddenly make him appear unintelligent. His confidence took a hit when he underwent media training and struggled to read the teleprompter. Learning that he was dyslexic allowed him to let go of any shame he once had, and he would confirm with his colleagues.
How My Uncle Jim Showed Me the Fine Line Between Barmy and Genius, Written by Richard Branson
Uncle Jim lived in Balham, and was often seen with his nosebag in hand, eating the hay he had grown in tubs in his bathroom. While I always found this story amusing, Uncle Jim had also set me a quite wonderful example. Whenever everybody else thinks your idea is absolutely barmy, it could actually prove to be a stroke of genius. Full Article
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