Dyslexia and Entrepreneurs

The NY Times is running an article by Brent Bowers called Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia. It is hitting something I heard from Daniel Pink
in a podcast I have from him – people with dyslexia develop strengths that are
often good for entrepreneurship.  Those
strengths are suggested to be:
  • oral communication
  • delegation
  • overcome a lot
  • creative
  • able to identify trustworthy people
  • visual

Corporate managers tend to read, read, and read some more.

Here are some stats I pulled from the article:

  • 10% of the US population has dyslexia
  • 35% of entrepreneurs have dyslexia in the US
  • 20% of entrepreneurs were found in 2001 in a British study
  • 1% of corporate managers have dyslexia

Here are a few leaders who are very successful with dyslexia

  • Richard Branson – Virgin
  • Charles Schwab – Schwab
  • John Chamber – Cisco
  • Paul Orfalea – Kinkos

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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