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Level Up Your AD(H)D: Unlock Your Next-Level Success with Strength-Based Coaching

As a high-functioning ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) CEO and coach, I see it all the time: brilliant, creative individuals who've scaled the corporate ladder with their unique strengths, only to hit a wall when those same strengths become unsustainable.


The AD(H)Der is a powerhouse of realised strengths. Our creativity allows us to think outside the box and approach problems from unique angles. We excel at hyperfocus, diving deep into projects and achieving incredible feats in short bursts. And let's not forget the adrenaline rush of the "deadline dash" – our ability to churn out exceptional work under pressure is legendary.


But alongside these realised strengths lie a wealth of unrealised strengths waiting to be tapped into. Strengths such as passion, big picture thinking and the ability to inspire others may be an unrealised strength. These very under-utilised strengths can be channelled into improving our all-round ability to thrive.


The Tipping Point: When Coping Mechanisms Don't Cope Anymore


As we progress in our careers, the complexity of the challenges we face increases. The strategies that helped us navigate the early stages of our careers, often a combination of learned behaviours like pulling an all-nighter or realised strengths such as hyper-focus, might not be enough for the increased demands of senior positions. The strength of hyperfocus can become workaholism and lead to burnout. An over-use of the strength of being able to perform well under pressure can lead to us being under-prepared.


This is where I see many high-functioning AD(H)D individuals hitting a wall. Their tried-and-tested coping mechanisms – the all-nighters, the adrenaline-fuelled sprints – start to lose their effectiveness.


The Power of Reframing and New Strategies


This doesn't mean our strengths are suddenly weaknesses. It simply means we need to be adaptable. This is where strength-based coaching for neurodiverse clients can really help.


A good coach can help us:


Identify Existing Strengths: We often take our natural abilities for granted. A coach can help us recognise and leverage both our realised and unrealised strengths to their full potential.


Reframe Challenges: Instead of viewing our strengths as limitations, we can learn to manage them for optimal performance. For instance, channelling hyperfocus into productive bursts with clear start and end points.


Develop New Strategies: As our careers evolve, so too should our approach. A coach can guide us in developing new coping mechanisms and organisational skills specifically tailored to the demands of our current roles.


Investing in Your Long-Term Success


By working with a coach who understands the unique strengths and challenges of the AD(H)D brain, we can learn to harness our power in a sustainable way. This isn't about abandoning our core; it's about evolving our approach to achieve long-term success and well-being.


Remember, your strengths are what got you here. But to reach the next level, you might need a new set of tools in your toolbox.  Let's break the cycle of strength-turned-stalemate and build a future where your AD(H)D strengths can propel you, not hold you back.


Jannice Jones MSc is a Positive Psychologist and a neurodiversity specialist who uses a strength based approach with her neurodiverse clients. All her associates are also strength based in their approach to coaching.

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