Paul Daniels has always been a strong problem solver with the innate ability to connect dots that others couldn’t, also known as “peripheral thinking”. It wasn’t until the age of 40 when he was diagnosed with dyslexia, that he discovered his disorder was actually responsible for many of his greatest strengths - ones that studies show will be most needed in the future workforce.
While dyslexics innately have the peripheral thinking skills that are prized in business, these skills can also be taught. Daniels writes, “I help my clients learn and deploy super-skills, found innately in only 15% of the population, to find and execute existing solutions in new and creative ways. In my spare, spare time I deliver keynote speeches on ‘Powerful Solutions from the Periphery.’”
Daniels is also Chief Revenue Officer at Intelligent Contacts, a company that solves one of the biggest challenges facing the ARM, RCM, and Healthcare industries - growing accounts receivable and a widening gap in effective communications. In this episode, he discusses the company’s core values, and the importance in becoming the values, rather than only striving for them.
Key Takeaway: Peripheral thinking, or the ability to solve problems creatively, is a highly valuable business skill. Though it exists innately in only 15% of the population, this way of thinking can be learned. The problems solved with peripheral thinking are transferable across industries, because all businesses and organizations exist with one common goal: to serve.
- People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
- There are more available solutions than there are challenges.
- If you want to go fast - go alone. If you want to go far - go together.