Branson Net Profit

RICHARD BRANSON'S STORY:

PROFIT + DYSLEXIA

Richard Branson is a very well known dyslexic and this is one of my favourite stories about him. You can find the original story as part of a TED Talk and at Friends of Quinn’s YouTube channel. It tells of how Richard Branson learnt about net profit when he was 50 years old and already head of a huge group of companies in Europe.

BRANSON’S STORY

The story is full of insights into Branson, into dyslexia, into entrepreneurship itself and how to connect with dyslexics and teach them. I’m going try and unpack some of this here and share how I would apply this to working with dyslexic teenagers.

NET PROFIT vs GROSS PROFIT

Branson talks about sitting in a board meeting for the Virgin brand, aged 50, and someone passes him some figures for one of the companies. He turns round and asks, “Is this good news or bad news?”

After the meeting, one of the directors approached him and said, “Look, Richard, you don’t know the difference between Gross profit and Net profit, do you?

At this point he admitted he didn’t so the director used an illustration to help Branson understand. He pulled out paper and crayons and drew the sea, a net with fish in and some fish around it in the sea. He explained that the sea represented the turnover, the fish just swimming around were the gross profit and the fish caught in the net were the net profit.

Branson commented that this was important to know but he had built a great company anyway because what was even more important to him was building a great business that gave better service and became a better company to his customer.

INSIGHTS TO DYSLEXIA

This story gives us some great insights into dyslexia.

  1. 40% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic compared to 10% in the general population. They are drawn to service industries, problem solving, joined up thinking and developing systems and often these end up as businesses because they add value and create profit.
  2. Branson had been compensating intuitively and drawing on the strengths of others. Delegation and being part of a team that can help compensate for a dyslexic’s challenges gives them space to play to their strengths and succeed. For example, Jackie Stewart is a famous race driver in Scotland and a businessman. He’s dyslexic and can’t read but he runs very successful companies because he has a great team.
  3. We can see that if dyslexics are in an environment where they feel they are thriving then they are often open learners. Branson had gathered around him people who were similar but also different in way that complemented his strengths and he was willing to learn from them. It would be fascinating to speak to the director who devised the illustration and to learn how he intuitively knew to use this illustration. It shows the dynamics of a great team.
  4. There is the use of the word ‘like’ which took an abstract process and connected it to something real like a net. The process of analogy and drawing anchored the concept in the real world.

APPLICATION

So how do we apply this to our dyslexic teenagers?

Honour their ability to solve problems and add value to a situation through their creative thinking and create spaces for them to do that more.

Watch out for their compensation strategies and help them develop more. Feedback is great too. Dyslexics need to know if something is good or if it is not working.

Find ways to teach and illustrate a point using real life analogies and illustrations wherever possible. This can be quick ‘back of the envelope’ sketches. It appeals to the dyslexic brain and helps to make sense of more complex concepts.

I found this story really insightful and helpful and I hope that in sharing it it might benefit you too.

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Is it Worth Understanding?

DYSLEXIA:

Is it worth understanding?

Today we’re talking about whether it is worth understanding teenage dyslexia. There are lots of teachers and professionals in your teenager’s life so it can seem easier to leave it to them to actually understand what’s going on and we can just be the support act.

IS IT? OF COURSE, YES!

My answer is: YES! Its really worth understanding teenage dyslexia and there are a variety of reasons why I think this.

Once your teenager reaches High School they are expected to become much more independent learners and subjects are taught with this is mind. The other change in High School is the diversity of subjects and the volume of information and the irony is that faced with this your teeandger can actually become a more dependent learner. This can lead to a tension where they need more support to learn and are in an environment where they are supposed to be developing more independently.

I think if you can understand your teenager’s dyslexia then in this key time you can help them learn strategies and insights that will equip them to become the independent learner they are striving to be. That means freedom for your teen to learn well and freedom for you as a parent.

UNDER THE HOOD

Here’s an analogy. If your car battery goes flat you know that you need to find another car and use jump leads to restart your battery. You only know how to do that if you know what’s under the hood and where to attach the jump leads.

Now let’s say your dyslexic teenager’s battery goes flat and they need a jumpstart. You know how to do that! But, what if you find yourself repeatedly having to jumpstart their battery and it never seems sustained? Its probably time to take a good look under the bonnet and speak to an expert to learn a bit more about what might be going on and what the underlying cause is for the battery to keep going flat.

FINDING SOLUTIONS

There are lots of reasons why your dyslexic teenager’s battery might keep going flat, why they seem to hit the same challenges in school, and there are lots of things we can do to help sort the situation and increase their capacity. Firstly though, we need to understand more about what is going on before we can do anything about it.

That’s why I think this journey is so valuable. An increased understanding of teenage dyslexia means that you can discover key things that will help your son or daughter. These insights can often be quite small things but they end up having a massive impact and empower your teen to learn independently.

FREEDOM

For you as parents, the value of these insights is that they bring your own freedom. Freedom from the worry that your dyslexic teenager isn’t thriving at school and freedom for having to compensate for an academic  learning style which doesn’t always help them. It gives you a way to support your dyslexic teenager into independent learning.

TRANSITION

There is a transition from dependence to independence as there is all aspects of teenage life and so this can take time. There are lots of tools and resources that your teenager can access to assist their independence but finding the right ones only comes from understanding what is really going on and what will be the most help.

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MEET YOUR GUIDE

Today I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Darius and I’m based in Edinburgh, I’m dyslexic and I’ll be your guide in these videos and I’ll be speaking to you parent to parent.

MY EXPERIENCE

My dyslexia was diagnosed when I was a child so I know about being a teenager with dyslexia. I passed my exams and came here, to Edinburgh, and got my law degree. I’ve gone on to run businesses and community projects and I’m now a parent to teenagers who have dyslexia and I’ve taught them the study skills that have helped me and they have thrived at school and passed their exams well.

AM I AN EXPERT?

I’ve become an expert in mind mapping as I’ve been mind mapping for over 20 years and have developed that skill extensively and teach it to others.

I’m an expert in my own dyslexia but not in the broader field of dyslexia and I really want to learn more. These videos are part of my journey to learning more and I’m hoping that as I share them you’ll pick up invaluable information and knowledge that will help with your own child.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

I have the privilege of meeting really interesting and informed people on this journey to learning more as I develop my vision of teach mind mapping to teenage dyslexics as  part of my business. My goal is to share what I learn, my observations along the way and useful resources that I discover. My hope is that these videos will help to make sense of all of the information that is out there and that they’ll be a real help to you as a parent of a teenager with dyslexia. We’ll learn about how to help and encourage your teenager to be more productive in school and feel more positive about their learning.

This is very much a learning journey so if you’re an expert and you’d like to contribute then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

ONTO THE NEXT

In my experience, as I’ve been learning more about dyslexia and how my mind works it has helped me to see and understand some of the roadblocks I’ve encountered in life and I’ve been able to learn new ways round them and develop a few life hacks along the way.

One of the things that I’ve learnt more about is the idea of working memory. I’ll share more on that in a later video and I really recommend you watch that one as it is a massive insight into how to help with teenage dyslexia.

The innovative thinking of dyslexic is a real gift to the world and learning how to capitalise on our advantages and compensate for our disadvantages with the amazing tools and resources that are at our disposal will hopefully be something we learn more about as this course progresses.

I hope you’ll enjoy this Hitchhiker’s Guide to Teenage Dyslexia.

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WHY HITCHHIKING?

We’ve called this video series the ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to dyslexia and you may be wondering why.

We’re all journeying through life and as a dyslexic person and also someone who loves to hitchhike I can see a lot of parallels and hitchhiking has given me some great insights into how my mind works.

THE DYSLEXICS

Dyslexics are known for out of the box thinking, random thinking, often being scatty, good at improvisation and being adaptable. They don’t often go in straight lines. They don’t often think in straight lines or plan in straight lines or work in straight lines or travel in straight lines. We’ll explore a little bit more of why this is later in the course.

HITCHHIKING AND DYSLEXIA

Hitchhiking can be described in similar ways. Most standard travel plans involve a fixed destination with a well defined route whereas in hitchhiking, although your destination may well be fixed, you stick your thumb out and your route develops as you travel depending on the lifts you get.

This is a great analogy for the dyslexic approach to getting things done. They’ve got a destination for a project, an essay or a business but their way of achieving it can seem like it’s random or unpredictable and an unusual way of doing things. Their way makes sense because of how they’re wired but it can be hard to explain and often replicate and even harder to understand ‘from the outside.’  Our hope is that this video series will help to make more sense of the journey as we travel together.

I’M A HITCHHIKER TOO

After reading ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to Europe’ I set off, aged 17, to hitchhike from Glasgow to Istanbul. I had a few practise sessions closer to home and then off I went. I knew my destination but the route that I took unfolded along the way and often didn’t go where I first thought it would or in the way I thought it would. I did reach Istanbul and I had some great stories of my adventures along the way!

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

What’s our Istanbul for this journey? I’m not sure yet. It feels like we’re at the practise run stage before we set off on the big trip. I think we’ll find our destination along the way and we’ll definitely return with lots of stories and videos from our travels to add to our teenage dyslexia visual library for parents.

On this video journey we’re going to explore teenage dyslexia in the same sort of way.

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The Road Map

Hitchhiker's Guide to Dyslexia:

THE ROAD MAP

Welcome to the second video in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Dyslexia that we’re doing here at MindMap Studio.

Today we’re looking at the road map for the journey and some of the things that we’ll be looking as we go along.

If you imagine that right now I have a a big road map of where I think I’d like to go on this journey and I also have lots of little destinations that I’d like to check in on along the way so that we can explore various resources as we travel.

I’ve experienced dyslexia as a teeanger and I’m now the parent of teenagers with dyslexia. In addition to my own experience I now want to explore teenage dyslexia more thoroughly so that I can understand it more and help others navigate it and understands it too.

This video series is my way of visually sharing my journey.

We’ll be covering preparing for our journey, finding out more about dyslexia, identifying some famous dyslexic role models, the advantages and challenges of dyslexia and the various tools and strategies that are available to help deal with these challenges.

Our goal is to create a visual library of material for the parents of dyslexic teenagers. The hitchhiking approach means it may appear a little ad-hoc at first but it will become a comprehensive and hopefully very useful resource.

SIX main destinations

1. IDENTIFY

DYSLEXIA

We’ll cover the basics of dyslexia and the signs to look out for and the various assessments that are available.

We’ll look at assessments in more detail and discover what happens in an assessment and what’s going on behind the scenes.

GET TO KNOW THE

2. ROLE MODELS

We’ll find some dyslexic role models and see what we can learn from them.

3. challenges

of DYSLEXIA

We’ll look at the challenges with memory for dyslexics and how to organise your thoughts and learning so that you can write great essays.

INVESTIGATING THE

4. advantages

There’s some great literature out there and one book I found really helpful was the Dyslexic Advantage so I’ll share more on that and it is a real encouragement on the gift that dyslexics are to the world.

5. media

We’ll look at different online resources such as courses and documentaries and we’ll explore various learning strategies with a particular focus on mindmappig and keywords.

6. strategies

We’ll also look at the technology that is available to assist dyslexic teens and weigh up its pros and cons.

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