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ADHD in the Harvard Business Review

Yesterday I discussed some glaring examples of just how bad ADHD media coverage can get. (You know you’re in for a rough time when an article opens by suggesting that ADHD is caused by “poor parenting.”)

Today, I want to feature an example of what a good article about ADHD looks like. After all, it doesn’t seem fair to only publicize the bad articles.

HBRThis week, I was pleasantly surprised to find an article about ADHD in Harvard Business Review, of all places. Maybe that’s not so surprising, since there does seem to be a link between ADHD and entrepreneurship.

In the article, Jack Kosakowski gives five tips for living with ADHD. For example, one of the strategies he brings up is to “pursue roles that match your passions and attention style.”

He points out how much of a difference it can make to “look for a job that meshes with the way your mind works” and talks about why his chosen career checks all the boxes.

If you read this blog, you’ll know that this idea is a running theme on here – in fact, I’m not exaggerated when I say it might be the single most important ADHD coping strategy there is.

As I blogged about just last week, finding an environment that fits with the way your brain works can make a 0 to 100 difference in motivation for people with ADHD. For many, it seems that starting a business or becoming self-employed is an effective way to make this happen.

When leads back to the HBR piece. If you’re feeling a little deja vu over all this, it’s probably because I talked about a similar article from the Wall Street Journal a few months ago. In that article, Selim Bassoul talked about running a company while having dyslexia and ADHD.

So what is it with people who are supposed to have executive functioning deficits becoming chief executives? Are people with ADHD actually overrepresented in these positions, or is it just that people in those positions are more comfortable talking publicly about having ADHD?

I don’t know, but speaking as someone who’s never been CEO of anything, I do suspect there’s something about the fast pace, stimulation and autonomy of that kind of job that could work well for the right kind of ADHDer. Maybe a business leadership position can be a good for fit ADHD in the same way being self-employed can be a good fit.

In any case, go check out the HBS article. It’s worth a read. And as always, feel free to leave your thoughts below.

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ADHD in the Harvard Business Review

Neil Petersen

Neil Petersen writes regularly on education, learning disabilities and technology. He received his B.A. in 2014 and was diagnosed with ADHD at the beginning of his college studies. Neil also works for a music education non-profit and hopes to help create an education system that can better serve students with ADHD.

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Petersen, N. (2017). ADHD in the Harvard Business Review. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from


Last updated: 7 Sep 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 7 Sep 2017
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