Coachjessicamichaels

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“You’re meeting all your goals… but you're still failing.”

Jessica Michaels spent the first two decades of her career hearing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing. You can’t get along with people.” Her performance was fantastic, but she rubbed people the wrong way – and she didn’t know how to fix it. Still, she leaned on her strengths and powered her way from recruiting and sales to leadership. When she wasn’t training, managing, or selling, she toured the Midwest as a standup comic. She became a recognized facilitator and speaker. However, the pattern repeated: Be a great individual contributor, get promoted to manager, and have things blow up spectacularly. Finally, she received a diagnosis that explained those struggles – she was both autistic and ADHD

Thus began the process of figuring out how and where someone who is “too much” could fit into the professional world and succeed. Along the way, she discovered how outdated and narrow ideas of what a “professional” person looked like, sounded like, and acted hurtful towards both, people and profits.

She also found managers and leaders brave enough to open their minds and hearts to people who live and work differently. She now uses her passion, humor, and unique perspective as a neurodivergent professional to help employers and leaders bridge the Corporate Neurodivide.

Jessica and her wife, Ellie, live in Colorado with their aptly-named dog, Detritus. They are proud aunties of 3 siblings and love to do all things geeky and nerdy. Befitting her neurodivergence, Jessica also collects gnomes, bells, elephants, seasonal decorations, and franchise merch. Current favorites include Lord of the RingsStar Trek, and Bob’s Burgers. Her book, One Size Fits No One: A Guide to neurodiversity in Employee Training and Growth will be available on Amazon and Audible in 2023.

Jessica Michaels spent the first two decades of her career hearing: “You’re meeting all your goals, but you’re still failing. You can’t get along with people.” Her performance was fantastic, but she rubbed people the wrong way – and she didn’t know how to fix it.

Still, she leaned on her strengths and powered her way from recruiting and sales to leadership. When she wasn’t training, managing, or selling, she toured the Midwest as a standup comic. She became a recognized facilitator and speaker. However, the pattern repeated: Be a great individual contributor, get promoted to manager, and have things blow up spectacularly. Finally, she received a diagnosis that explained those struggles – she was both autistic and ADHD

Thus began the process of figuring out how and where someone who is “too much” could fit into the professional world and succeed. Along the way, she discovered how outdated and narrow ideas of what a “professional” person looked like, sounded like, and acted hurtful towards both, people and profits.

She also found managers and leaders brave enough to open their minds and hearts to people who live and work differently. She now uses her passion, humor, and unique perspective as a neurodivergent professional to help employers and leaders bridge the Corporate Neurodivide.

Jessica and her wife, Ellie, live in Colorado with their aptly-named dog, Detritus. They are proud aunties of 3 siblings and love to do all things geeky and nerdy. Befitting her neurodivergence, Jessica also collects gnomes, bells, elephants, seasonal decorations, and franchise merch. Current favorites include Lord of the RingsStar Trek, and Bob’s Burgers. Her book, One Size Fits No One: A Guide to Neurodiversity in Employee Training and Growth will be available on Amazon and Audible in 2023.

One size fits all fits nobody.

There are as many kinds of neurodiversity as there are trees in the forest. You need solutions that work for you. We will build and adapt your solutions together, you’re never left to try and figure it out on your own.

If any of these statements apply to you, I can help.

1

You have a diagnosis of neurodivergence or are self-identified neurodivergent, and you are struggling in your career.

2

You were diagnosed as neurodivergent late in life, and you’re trying to figure out, “What now?”

3

You’ve struggled with the job search and interview process due to your neurodivergence.

4

You are a leader or HR professional who wants to learn how to support your neurodivergent employees.