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Session 301: Somehow I Manage: Lessons in Neurodiversity from "The Office"

Doug Rabold  (CXO, Bold Ray Consulting)

Location: Room 350-351

Date: Wednesday, May 3

Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Pass Type: 2-day Training + Standard Conference, 2-day Training + Standard Executive Connections Conference Pass, 3-day Training + Standard Conference, 3-day Training + Standard Executive Connections Conference Pass, Premium Conference Pass, Premium Executive Connections Conference Pass, Standard Conference Pass, Standard Executive Connections Conference Pass

Track : Evolving the Customer and Employee Experience, Leading World-Class Teams

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

You may recognize that the name of this session is stolen shamelessly from Dunder Mifflin Regional Manager Michael Scott's attempt at writing a book on leadership. Some of the mass appeal that helped sustain the popularity of "The Office" was its diverse cast and the diversity of its characters. A central and recurring theme – though never explicitly stated about any of the characters – was neurodiversity. It could easily be argued that various characters in the show presented behaviors consistent with a variety of neurodivergence, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, narcissism, and Tourette's syndrome.

As leaders it is sometimes difficult to spot neurodivergence in our team members. But to ensure that our diversity programs extend to these "hidden disabilities," it's incumbent on us to educate ourselves so we can support our neurodiverse team members. Join Doug Rabold, himself a neurodivergent leader, for an exploration of this critical topic, illustrated by some of the most cringeworthy – and even some of the most heartwarming – clips from "The Office."