Successful ADHD business Executive

Sharing the Secrets of a Successful ADHD Business Executive: An Interview with Bob Madonna and Adam Cohen

By Judy Brenis “Attitude is a decision,” says Bob Madonna, principal and EVP of Sales and Marketing for McCoy Enterprises, and a recent speaker at ADDA’s May 16, 2012 Webinar titled, Secrets of a Successful ADHD Business Executive. “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past . . . we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our…
Recognizing ADHD at Work

Organizing Your Time & Space

By Rachel Rosenthal Strisik, JD Let’s face it: life is hectic. We might wish we could get around it, but sometimes life gets messy. We can’t control much of the chaos that surrounds our everyday lives, but we can control - at least partially - the space where we live and work. Most often, our physical clutter leads to mental clutter; being disorganized within your physical space makes it harder to focus, make decisions, and think clearly. Organizing your space can keep distractions to a minimum and give you the mental space to focus on the bigger things in life. Organizing your time is important in…
Planning for Success

Getting Personal With Your Planner

By Becky Wheeler My ADHD clients often seek help with planning, time management, and accountability. Although they each share similar concerns about remembering appointments and completing tasks on time, the causes and the solutions to these obstacles are as unique as the individual. Using a planner, or agenda, is the standard answer but the way that you use it can transform a planner from a solution that’s not working to one that is. Let’s explore some variations on the four essential steps for effectively managing a planner. (Names have been changed to protect privacy.) Step 1: Thinking It Through Earlier…
Saying No Means Saying Yes to Success

The Awesome Power of “No”

By Dan Pryor I love helping my colleagues. Saying “yes” makes me feel important and it pleases them. But sometimes I over-commit because I like saying yes. Volunteering provides opportunities to participate in fun, energizing or very important projects, but I suspect that I - and many other ADHD’ers - often say yes because we haven’t mastered the fine art of saying no. No matter how seductive the request, it is not necessarily the best use of time, and much as we may be tempted, we simply cannot say yes every time. The challenge is to pause, choose the appropriate…

ADHD in the Workplace: Still Much to Do

By Linda Walker Most adults with ADHD find their challenges most daunting in the workplace. This is not to say ADHD is not an issue in other areas of life, it certainly is, but work related problems often spill over into other domains. When you’re struggling to keep up with demands, working long hours and suffering anxiety because you know you’re not delivering up to your potential, you rarely have the time or energy left over to attend to other areas of your life that might be falling apart. ADHD by the Numbers If you feel that as an adult…
Finding the right job for you

Finding the Right Job for You

If you have ADHD, or you work with people who do, you may have asked yourself, “Since I have ADHD, what type of work should I do?” To help answer that question, here’s a chapter excerpt from Taking Charge of Adult ADHD by Russell A. Barkley with Christine M. Benton. Copyright © 2010. Reprinted with permission of Guilford Press. It's important to have a job where you get as much of what you need to succeed as you possibly can: - Are there jobs you should favor over others because of your symptoms? - Is one type of workplace better…