I think that, too many times, business has been seen as acting in its narrow self-interest rather than, essentially, contributing more broadly to society. I think a lot of that is unintentional; I don’t think that many managers are deliberately trying to be unethical or are not trying to be sensitive to social needs.
Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there.
I’ve worked with tons of people that I know who are on the spectrum – but now I think severe autism has really increased.
Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don’t want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn’t have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social ‘yak yaks.’
Companies understand that if their employees are sick, it’s really expensive. So despite the rhetoric I hear, thank God employers are still in the health-care system.
One of the strangest aspects of living with certain kinds of memory loss is knowing that the forgetting is happening.
You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.
In terms of getting people to experiment more and take more risk, there are at least three things that immediately come to my mind. Number one, of course, is role-modeling it yourself. Number two is, when people take intelligent, smart risks and yet it doesn’t work out, not shooting them. And number three, being honest with yourself.
Research is starting to show that a child should be engaged at least 20 hours a week. I do not think it matters which program you choose as long as it keeps the child actively engaged with the therapist, teacher, or parent for at least 20 hours a week.
The company without a strategy is willing to try anything.