Episode 59 – Coaching, and Neurodiversity Policies for Businesses with Mark Woodward

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Sometimes, providing support to people with dyslexia can be indirect. 

What does this mean…?

Well, in this episode Matthew is joined by Mark Woodward from neurobox as he explains why the trend today is to support, coach and train those middle managers of organisations to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and understanding of what leading people with neurodiversity, such as dyslexia, looks like. 

When leading people with a neurodiversity, such as dyslexia, it is more than just understanding the legal requirements of an organisation, it’s about learning what support people with neurodiversity need and how to provide that support. Specifically, people with dyslexia think and work in different ways from those who are ‘neurotypical’ such as approaching problems from a novel or unique perspectives which are not obvious to others. 

Supportive leaders and managers go much further than just getting the best out of their neurodiverse team members. Leaders and managers who show understanding and willingness to learn more, make people with a neurodiversity like dyslexia feel supported, like they don’t have to hide away their challenges, and removes a lot of pressure. Furthermore, leaders and managers who remain curious remove a lot of pressure from themselves, demonstrating that you can work through challenges and seek the most out of the dyslexic strengths together.

Mark is a coach working with individuals, organisations, and managers to provide coaching and training to better support people with neurodiversities such as dyslexia. 

After a lifetime of working with neurodiversity, and more than 13 years of supporting others with neurodiversity – and disabilities – mark has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in supporting not just people but also teams, managers, and organisations. From helping design and deploy neurodiversity, disability and wider ED&I policies, through to working with individual managers and employees.

Spending time with many dyslexic people, Mark found that he also possessed many of the similar traits of dyslexia and often wonders and considers being formally diagnosed. Through the shared set of traits, Mark has found passion in working with neurodiverse people and specifically people with dyslexia which drives his commitment to supporting people. 


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/markswoodward/

Website: https://neurobox.co.uk/ 

Key Topics:

  • Learning about dyslexia and other neurodiversities ,
  • Coaching,
  • Working with organisations to design ED&I policies, and 
  • Working with leaders and managers to learn about neurodiversity.
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