I’m a neurodivergent executive. I’m lucky to work in an industry that allows alignment between my role and my own interests, and specifically with a company that views my neurodivergence as an asset rather than a hindrance.
Working in marketing and communications, I get to leverage many of my neurodivergent strengths and characteristics—both to my advantage and to the advantage of the company. Creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and leading with emotional intelligence are where I shine, and I love that I get to use those skills every day. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy (in fact, it’s rarely easy).
The corporate world is built for neurotypical people. I have faced my share of challenges navigating this world, with its relentless pace and rigid demands on schedules and approach to work. I’ve met and battled hurdle after hurdle trying to measure up against a measuring stick that wasn’t made for me. I know I’m not alone.
From the early days of my career, and even as a student, technology has been a constant ally. I’ve spent my life using technology to lower barriers and help bring out my strengths. I wouldn’t be where I am without it.
I’m vocal about embracing neurodiversity at work, and that means being vocal about the ways technology can do for others what it has done for me. In recent years, technology has emerged as a game changer for neurodivergent people, providing tools and accommodations that cater to their unique needs.
As technology becomes ever more personalized and tailored to our needs, it becomes an even more powerful ally, helping neurodivergent people be more successful and productive at work.
Of course, technology is always evolving. The tools I use today are different from those I started with. Discovering the right tools for me is transformative. One tool that has made a major impact for me recently is Parallels Toolbox. To be clear, I work for the company that sells this product. But full disclosure: of the many products Alludo sells, this one is by far my favorite because of the way it complements the way I work.
Software like Parallels Toolbox has made me exponentially more productive. It has so many features that streamline my daily tasks and make me more efficient and less distracted. It allows me to stay focused on the task at hand and get more done with less stress.
Neurodivergence isn’t a one-size-fits-all scenario. Far from it. While I know how well Parallels Toolbox works for me, I also feel comfortable recommending it to neurodivergent (and neurotypical!) colleagues because of the wide range of features that can be harnessed to help meet individual needs. Here are a few of my favorite features:
It has taken me a long time to realize that the barriers I’ve faced aren’t because there’s something wrong with me. It’s because, again, I’m being measured against a standardized measuring stick that doesn’t take into account the many strengths I offer. Neurodivergence isn’t a lack; it’s a difference. And accommodation doesn’t mean there’s a problem; it means we get to find a solution that lets us work better and live better.
Tools like Parallels Toolbox not only help neurodivergent people thrive in a neurotypical world, but also help them flex their unique skills. This benefits everyone. Let’s harness the power of technology to create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.
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