Tracing Business Acumen to Dyslexia

Article by By BRENT BOWERS Published: December 6, 2007 NY Times

It has long been known that dyslexics are drawn to running their own businesses, where they can get around their weaknesses in reading and writing and play on their strengths. But a new study of entrepreneurs in the United States suggests that dyslexia is much more common among small-business owners than even the experts had thought.

The report, compiled by Julie Logan, a professor of entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, found that more than a third of the entrepreneurs she had surveyed — 35 percent — identified themselves as dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely than nondyslexics to delegate authority, to excel in oral communication and problem solving and were twice as likely to own two or more businesses.

“We found that dyslexics who succeed had overcome an awful lot in their lives by developing compensatory skills,” Professor Logan said in an interview. “If you tell your friends and acquaintances that you plan to start a business, you’ll hear over and over, ‘It won’t work. It can’t be done.’ But dyslexics are extraordinarily creative about maneuvering their way around problems.”

The study was based on a survey of 139 business owners in a wide range of fields across the United States. Professor Logan called the number who said they were dyslexic “staggering,” and said it was significantly higher than the 20 percent of British entrepreneurs who said they were dyslexic in a poll she conducted in 2001.

She attributed the greater share in the United States to earlier and more effective intervention by American schools to help dyslexic students deal with their learning problems. Approximately 10 percent of Americans are believed to have dyslexia, experts say.

One reason that dyslexics are drawn to entrepreneurship, Professor Logan said, is that strategies they have used since childhood to offset their weaknesses in written communication and organizational ability — identifying trustworthy people and handing over major responsibilities to them — can be applied to businesses.

“The willingness to delegate authority gives them a significant advantage over nondyslexic entrepreneurs, who tend to view their business as their baby and like to be in total control,” she said.

William J. Dennis Jr., senior research fellow at the Research Foundation of the National Federation of Independent Business, a trade group in Washington, said the study’s results “fit into the pattern of what we know about small-business owners.”

“Entrepreneurs are hands-on people who push a minimum of paper, do lots of stuff orally instead of reading and writing, and delegate authority, all of which suggests a high verbal facility,” Mr. Dennis said. “Compare that with corporate managers who read, read, read.”

Indeed, according to Professor Logan, only 1 percent of corporate managers in the United States have dyslexia.

Much has been written about the link between dyslexia and entrepreneurial success. Fortune Magazine, for example, ran a cover story five years ago about dyslexic business leaders, including Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic Airways; Charles R. Schwab, founder of the discount brokerage firm that bears his name; John T. Chambers, chief executive of Cisco; and Paul Orfalea, founder of the Kinko’s copy chain.

Similarly, Rosalie P. Fink, a professor at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass., wrote a paper in 1998 on 60 highly accomplished people with dyslexia.

But Professor Logan said hers was the first study that she knew of that tried to measure the percentage of entrepreneurs who have dyslexia. Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation, which financed the research, agreed. He said the findings were surprising but, he said, there was no previous baseline to measure it against.

Emerson Dickman , president of the International Dyslexia Association in Baltimore and a lawyer in Maywood, N.J., said the study’s findings “just make sense.”

“Individuals who have difficulty reading and writing tend to deploy other strengths,” Mr. Dickman, who has dyslexia, said. “They rely on mentors, and as a result, become very good at reading other people and delegating duties to them. They become adept at using visual strengths to solve problems.”

Mr. Orfalea, 60, who left Kinko’s — now FedEx Kinko’s — seven years ago, and who now dabbles in a hodgepodge of business undertakings, is almost proud of having dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“I get bored easily, and that is a great motivator,” he said. “I think everybody should have dyslexia and A.D.D.”

He attributes his success to his difficulty with reading and writing because it forced him to master verbal communication.

“I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence as a kid,” he said. “And that is for the good. If you have a healthy dose of rejection in your life, you are going to have to figure out how to do it your way.”

He said his biggest advantage was his realization that because of his many inadequacies, he had to delegate important tasks to subordinates. “My motto is: Anybody else can do anything better than me,” he said.

Danny Kessler, 26, also has dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Mr. Kessler founded Angels with Attitude, which holds seminars for women on self-defense. He is a co-founder of Club E Network (www.clubenetwork.com), which sponsors “networking events,” runs an online chat room for entrepreneurs and produces television shows about them.

Like Mr. Orfalea, he said he had low self-esteem as a child, and now views that as a catapult into the entrepreneurial world. “I told myself I would never be a lawyer or a doctor,” he said. “But I wanted to make a lot of money. And I knew business was the only way I was going to do it.”

In high school, Mr. Kessler said, “I became cool with the teachers. I developed a rapport with them. I was able to convince almost all of them to nudge my grade up just a bit. I adopted a strategy for squeezing through the system.”

As for the importance of entrusting tasks to others, Mr. Kessler says his limitations have endowed him with a “razor sharp” intuition that allows him to ascertain within minutes of meeting people whether he can depend on them and what they would be good at in an organization.

Drew Devitt, 45, who also has dyslexia, said he started Thoughtware Products in college to produce videos for real estate brokers. Today, he runs a successful $9 million company in Aston, Pa., called New Way Air Bearings that makes bearings for precision machine tools.

Asked about mentors, Mr. Devitt ticks off a list, and it is a long one, beginning with his parents, who sold imported bearing materials out of their home.

Indirectly, he confirmed that he gives free rein to his deputies. Asked about the claim on his company’s Web site that it is a “market leader,” he sighed. “That’s not something I would say,” he said. “Actually, it’s baloney. But that’s what our marketing people came up with. You can’t do everything. You have to let people do their job.”

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Der große Triumph des Ferdinand Piëch

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LINK: F.A.Z Artikel von Georg Meck

Drei Dinge zählen im Leben des Ferdinand Piëch: Volkswagen, Familie, Geld. In dieser Reihenfolge. So bekennt er es selbst. Insofern muss man ihn sich als glücklichen Menschen vorstellen, denn diese drei Dinge verbinden sich nun aufs trefflichste. Der Europäische Gerichtshof hat am Dienstag das VW-Gesetz kassiert. Damit ist der Weg für die Familie Porsche-Piëch frei, VW zu übernehmen. „Das ist der Triumph des Ferdinand Piëch“, sagt Daniell Porsche, Urenkel des Käfer-Konstrukteurs Ferdinand Porsche und Neffe Piëchs. Der VW-Coup sei federführend das Werk des Onkels, des ehemaligen VW-Vorstandsvorsitzenden und heutigen Aufsichtsratschefs Piëch.

Der Machttechniker Piëch, mit einer bis zur Brutalität reichenden Schärfe ausgestattet, schafft so Europas größten Autokonzern: einen Giganten mit mehr als 100 Milliarden Euro Umsatz, mit deutlich mehr als 300.000 Beschäftigten und einem halben Dutzend Marken. Zu VW gesellen sich Audi, Seat, Škoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini sowie Porsche. Und da der Patriarch dabei ist, Volkswagens Lastwagen-Sparte mit MAN und Scania zu fusionieren, entsteht voraussichtlich auch noch Europas Marktführer bei den Nutzfahrzeugen. Der größte Autohändler Europas, die Porsche-Holding mit Sitz in Salzburg, gehört der Familie eh schon. Zu 100 Prozent.
Weiterlesen „Der große Triumph des Ferdinand Piëch“

Bekannte Personen, die angeblich Legastheniker sind oder waren

Hier eine Liste von bekannten Personen, die angeblich Legastheniker waren oder sind. Legasthenie ist unabhängig von der Intelligenz. Legasthene Menschen können, so wie man sieht, alles erreichen. Die Schwierigkeiten in der Schule haben diese Menschen für das Leben gestärkt und und nicht gebrochen.

An dieser Stelle sei nochmals erwähnt, dass Legasthenie meist nur in der Schule ein Problem ist:

„Ein legasthener Mensch, bei guter oder durchschnittlicher Intelligenz, nimmt seine Umwelt differenziert anders wahr, seine Aufmerksamkeit lässt, wenn er auf Buchstaben oder Zahlen trifft, nach, da er sie durch seine differenzierten Teilleistungen anders empfindet als nicht legasthene Menschen. Dadurch ergeben sich Schwierigkeiten beim Erlernen des Lesens, Schreibens und Rechnens.“

Dr. Astrid Kopp-Duller 1995

„Legasthene und dyskalkule Menschen haben eine besondere Informationsverarbeitung und dadurch bedingt eine besondere Lernfähigkeit, welche an die pädagogisch-didaktische Interventionsebene hohe Anforderungen stellt.“

Dr. Astrid Kopp-Duller 2010
Quelle: http://www.legasthenie-lrs-dyskalkulie.com/genetische-ursachen/

Diel Liste ist nicht vollständig. Bitte twittere weitere Beiträge über fehlende berühmte Legastheniker auch an mich @marioengel DANKE.

Ständig wird man verurteilt und muss sich rechtfertigen!

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,
ich bin 20 Jahre alt. Schon in der Grundschule wurde bei mir Legasthenie festgestellt. Hier in Baden-Württemberg hat mein keine Chance ein normales Leben zu führen. Ständig wird man verurteilt und muss sich rechtfertigen! Ich habe mich aber nicht unterkriegen lassen. Heute bin ich ausgelernte Arzthelferin mit einem sehr guten Durchschnitt!
Doch der Start in mein Berufsleben wird mir sehr schwer gemacht. Es gibt leider sehr wenig Menschen die Verständnis für mich haben. Musste mich sogar während eines Praktikums diskriminieren lassen! Möchte gerne wissen was ich unternehmen kann, um vielleicht mit tausend anderen unsere Rechte durchzusetzen!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen Patricia L.

Sehr geehrte Frau L.
Sie haben ja so recht – wir kennen hunderte solcher Beispiele.
Posten Sie doch Ihre Mail in unserem Forum:
http://www.arbeitsblaetter.org/forum.php
Sie geben damit sicher vielen Lesern Mut !

Liebe Grüße
Mario Engel