The Idea people are OFten Dyslexic
One in ten people have dyslexia. Why?
I’ve been pondering a bit about why there’s the ratio of 1/10 dyslexics in our society. What’s the reason? Sometimes it’s described as a problem but I think it’s an essential part of society, business and communities.
The IDEA PEOPLE, The Solution People.
I think society needs one in ten people to be dyslexic. Here’s why. Dyslexic people are often the ideas people in a situation. If you find that you’re the ‘ideas person’ in a room, then you’re probably the dyslexic, whether you know it or not. There’s a reason why you need to be in that room! Dyslexic people have a hardwired ability to come up with innovative solutions to problems and to see connections that other people miss. This has been established by research and by history.
The downside is that they are not always able to fully execute an idea to completion on their own. That’s why they are just one person on the team. The others have the abilities to combine to make the ideas a reality. Which is why I think there is a good reason for this ratio. Take for example the highly detail orientated people in a group at the other end of the scale. Research finds that 1 in 20 people in a group will be autistic they are often the highly detail orientated people. This creates a healthy range between the very detailed oriented and the big picture contributors with everyone else spread in the middle finding ways to implement the ideas.
It’s a great example of how we, as humans, are made to work in teams and in community.
We all have a contribution to make and a team is weaker without the unique insights that a dyslexic person can bring. It’s a real cost to our businesses and society to lose the input of the 1 in 10 problem solvers. If our dyslexic children lose the confidence, or the access, to contribute to these teams, then we all lose.
Alexander Graham Bell, a famous Scottish inventor, and dyslexic, invented the telephone. Then another dyslexic, Steve Jobs, took it to the next level with the iPhone! Each was the ideas person who worked within a team.
They’re two big names that we’ve heard of but it’s happening in the day to day places also.
My dentist is dyslexic and I can see it’s an incredible benefit to his dentistry because he is able to adapt his skills to every different arrangement of teeth. He finds innovative solutions to the challenges he’s presented with. He sources interesting solutions from around the world and is winning awards for his excellence.
I think a lot of that is because of his dyslexia, and because he’s part of a great team which values his way of working.
It’s good to be proud of fellow famous dyslexics but I’m equally impressed by situations in everyday life where people with dyslexia get to play to their strengths. I’ve noticed that they can often be in quite diverse positions in life but their ability as dyslexics to see the big picture means that they they act in a way to pull different specialisms or schools of thought together and creates a space for them to cross pollinate.
That, to me, is the value of one in ten people being dyslexic. A person with dyslexia pulls together different disciplines and concepts and knits them together into great systems.
A dyslexic person is a great asset to your team!
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