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Bridging The Corporate Neurodiverse

Updated: May 26, 2023

Everyone's brain operates differently; what if we consider this in the workplace?

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie interview Jessica Michaels, an award-winning coach, speaker, and management training expert, about neurodiversity in business. She starts from the lessons she has gathered from her experience about the spectrum and how this reflects on leadership and inclusion. People communicate differently and have needs we must recognize and honor when working with them, even if they go against society’s definition of the ideal professional. Jessica discusses some non-traditional leadership characteristics and shares her take on the Diversity and Inclusion movement from a perspective focused on growth and innovation. She also gives some information about her upcoming book “One Size Fits None,” and advises listeners to check their assumptions and consciously break out of patterns to improve workplace settings for everyone.

Listen to this episode to learn how to make the workplace a neuro-inclusive environment!

About Jessica Michaels

Jessica Michaels spent the first two decades of her career hearing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing. You can’t get along with people.” Her performance was fantastic, but she rubbed people the wrong way – and she didn’t know how to fix it. Still, she leaned on her strengths and powered her way from recruiting and sales to leadership. When she wasn’t training, managing, or selling, she toured the Midwest as a standup comic. She became a recognized facilitator and speaker. However, the pattern repeated: Be a great individual contributor, get promoted to manager, and have things blow up spectacularly. Finally, she received a diagnosis that explained those struggles – Autism Spectrum Disorder 1 and ADHD.

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Key Take-Aways

  • What is the definition of neurodiversity.

  • How to manage and work with neurodiverse individuals.

  • What are non-traditional leadership characteristics.

  • How to apply Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.

  • Why assumptions can be harmful.


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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

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