Embracing difference: What you need to know about neurodiversity

Understanding how different brains are wired

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Accepting the differences in people's neurological make-up is as important as embracing different gender and racial backgrounds
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Accepting the differences in people's neurological make-up is as important as embracing different gender and racial backgrounds

It is well known that a diverse workforce is crucial to business growth and innovative thinking. This is particularly true in the investment industry, where a growing body of evidence highlights diverse teams typically outperform homogenous ones.

To date, however, most initiatives to boost diversity have missed a rapidly emerging area with huge potential to increase diversity of thought and reduce groupthink: neurological diversity or 'neurodiversity'. Neurodiversity describes a concept where differences in neurological make-up, or brain wiring, are considered and respected as a natural variation in humans - akin to biodiversity in the natural world. Inclusion for one and for all: Join the movement to bring about lasting change in the industry The different neurological set-up results in many special qualities that accompan...

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