June 30, 2020
#26: Neurodiverse brains can be gamechangers in organizations | Guest: Rick Fiery
In this episode, I talk with Rick Fiery who is the co-founder of InventiveLabs which is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. InventiveLabs is a research lab and business incubator that helps people with learning differences find their passions and take a gap year, explore careers or create a new business in an all-accepting environment.
We talk about the following points
Why companies need to start thinking differently about talent recruitment and the benefits of modifying the hiring process so that it is more inclusive, especially when it comes to neurodiversity.
He shares success stories on how they were able to gain a competitive edge by embracing a neurodiverse talent pool in his startups.
He shares his approach in tapping and creating an omni-brain team to make the most of his team which was pivotal to the success of the startups he ran.
He talks about how Inventivelabs helps those who want to take the entrepreneurship route and how to work best with their ADHD brain and helping them define their strengths and weaknesses and aim it in the right place.
How to pick the right career environment that suits your needs and brain function
how organizations may potentially be excluding the Gamechangers from their businesses.
There is so much depth in this conversation with Rick, I encourage you to listen to the entire episode to get the full picture of the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace.
Rick Fiery's TEDx talk - Capturing necessary brilliance: Learning differences unleashed! | Rick Fiery | TEDxAmoskeagMillyard
More about Rick Fiery:
He is the co-founder of InventiveLabs.org which is located in Amesbury, Massachusetts. InventiveLabs is a research lab and business incubator that helps people with learning differences find their passions and take a gap year, explore careers, or create a new business in an all-accepting environment. Rick has a passion for helping young adults with learning differences find alternative paths to success and believes with the right environment and supports, people with learning differences can achieve substantial success. Prior to InventiveLabs, Rick was the CEO of several startup companies that he created and grew before selling them to strategic buyers. One of his software companies grew to where it had subsidiaries in 6 countries and products sold in over 60 countries. He also ran the finance department for a large multinational software company generating over $330 million before departing to do another startup. Rick has a Bachelors and Masters in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
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