Managing Diversity

How do we encourage Equality of Opportunity without falling for the counterfeit of Equality of Outcome? By JOHN COUNSEL Let me state, for the record, that I am politically unaligned. I choose the candidates for election for whom I vote according to the principles, policies and programs they espouse… and I hold them publicly accountable, …

Autism Awareness

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Why I'm totally OPEN about having Asperger’s Syndrome By John Counsel I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2002. It was the best Christmas gift I've ever received, and I celebrate that date as “Liberation Day”, because I was finally able to begin to understand myself and take control of my life… …

Introduction…

Discovering the REAL me… after 57 years! NOTICEJohn Counsel suffered a mild brain aneurism (stroke) on 4 June 2020, which affected his left hand and his eyesight, as well as his ability to read and write — specifically a large blind spot in the far side of his vision from his dight eye, plus his …

The Process of Mastery

By JOHN COUNSEL This tutorial is about the process behind the classic transition from Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence. Legend: The vertical axis of the graph represents control (top) andabsence of control (bottom). The horizontal axis represents time. Stage 1a: Unconscious Incompetence — we think we’re in control… until something happens to make us realise the truth about our delusions… Stage 1b: Unconscious Incompetence — this is where we really were, all along. Ignorant of our own ignorance and incompetence. …

Why Aspies can be so obstinate and resistant to change… and so volatile!

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BY JOHN COUNSEL Here are a few things I’ve learned about myself (and a lot of other Aspies, too — I’ve lived with four generations of us) that really puzzled and bothered me all my life, decades before diagnosis. See if you recognise them in your own relationships… IMPORTANT: Some of the behaviour discussed here is now recognised as …

Famous Aspies

Famous people who are or were — or almost certainly were* — Aspies * Because of the reality that Asperger’s Syndrome was not formally recognised until 1994, despite it being articulated half a century earlier by Austrian pædiatrician Dr Hans Asperger in 1944, many of the individuals on this list were never formally diagnosed while living, but …

ASD versus ASx?

Can we please stop with the smug, self-righteous virtue signalling and emotional blackmail being used to try to divide the autism community under the pretence of unity?It’s negative, it’s tiresome… and it’s dishonest! By JOHN COUNSEL Disclosure: I have Asperger’s Syndrome, diagnosed in December 2002, when I was 57 years old. I’m the father of five adult children with …

The Rocket Principle By John Counsel People who think that everything should be exactly right before attempting to launch their small businesses (or a new project, new product or new service) fall for the same trap that prevents most people ever achieving anything in life. It’s true that if you never take a risk you’ll …