Season 7 Episode 13: Designing for Differences

Season 7 Episode 13: Designing for Differences shows some business people as superheros and some with different masks but all unique
Season 7 Episode 13: Designing for Differences

Neurodiversity tells us that no two people think or learn the exact same way. So, what does that mean for how we think about hiring, onboarding, serving, and developing leaders and cultures into the future?

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Jason introduces Season 7 episode 13 of the podcast, Designing for Differences. Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. We deep dive into today’s topic.

We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it to info@jasonvbarger.com

Please leave a review for the podcast It really helps the podcast to spread these messages out into the world. Please share this podcast with your organization, on your team, or in your life to help spread these messages. Thank you!

“Don’t just respect differences, Design for them!

7:00 – Every person’s brain processes the world differently. Even identical twins have different brain responses to various stimuli. No two brains are exactly alike or neurodiversity. In a workplace setting understanding neurodiversity has huge implications from onboarding to performance reviews to even day-to-day communications.

9:20 – If we only have one way to do things we will turn off many in our organizations. One way to do this is to weave in more autonomy in our processes. Today we are talking about helping to bring that kind of mindset throughout our organizations.

10:20 – There are some who might do best by reading documents for 5 days straight. These would be very analytical people and how some people work. For onboarding, they might do great reading documents for 5 days essentially alone, while others might do better with a mentor or having conversations with teammates.

11:00 – Rather than having the same process or guessing what people may need it is important to look at neurodiversity and give people options for the way they work best. It is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure with a strategy for ongoing guideposts and goals moving forward.

12:00 – Jason gives a few tips.

  1. Test it – Some places in the interviewing and hiring stages have tests and personality assessments to see learning styles etc. In that assessment phase, we start to become better aware of and more emotionally intelligent along the way. We then understand what kind of environment they enjoy and how they best learn. Ask it! Are we just repeating the same patterns or are we learning?
  2. Chart a course – With your new team members, step back and create the onboarding strategy based on their learning strategy. Start at day 1 and zone in on what would be the best learning style for them to retain the information as well. Are we charting a course that sets a learning guideline for this along the way to day 1, day 90, etc?
  3. Debrief and adjust – test, assess, then debrief and adjust. Talk about it with them along the way. What adjustments could be made? What has worked well and what could be improved? They are a participant in their learning, we are a participant in teaching them.

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If any of these topics are interesting to you please or you want a deep dive on any specific topics, please reach out to us at info@jasonvbarger.com

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A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families, or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.

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