Dyslexia influences at least 1 in 10 people, apparently. Given how dramatically it can affect a child's education and hence career prospects, that is a huge number of people.
EY's excellent piece looks at the advantages that dyslexia can convey in the modern workplace; it is very well researched and builds a compelling case for hiring and working with dyslexics as part of a modern, diverse work environment.
Why, though, is a Big Four advisory opining about Special Educational Needs?
Perhaps one of three reasons:
- This piece demonstrates that they, like "dyslexic individuals really do think differently".
- It also shows dyslexics (who as their survey shows are often very successful) that EY is not just another "one of them" but perhaps, surprisingly, "one of us".
- Lastly, this approach shows EY walking-the-walk in diversity. Organisations that deal with change, need to have many differing views and approaches in order to solve new challenges in novel and innovative ways.
As a person who knows many dyslexics, I found my view of EY changed by this excellent piece of thought leadership in a profoundly positive way.
I take my hat off.
Top dyslexic strengths, trending competencies, all industries: Exceptional ► Leadership and social influence ► Creativity, originality and initiative Very Strong ► Complex problem-solving ► Analytical thinking and innovation ► Reasoning, problem-solving and ideation ► Active learning and learning strategies ► Technology design and programming Strong ► Critical thinking and analysis ► Emotional intelligence