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Creativity is the Last Competitive Edge Against the Machines

Artificial intelligence and automation are transforming every aspect of our world. Tiffany Sunday’s, ground-breaking new book, How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future, asserts the last competitive edge against the machines is human creativity. 

In the book, Sunday examines the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on employment, the global economy, and society. Sunday condenses research and dozens of interviews into a convincing narrative about the future of work and new job opportunities for creative, problem-solving professionals.  

Advanced digital systems and platforms are creating a homogenous mindset. Companies are seeking professionals, who are dyslexic and neurodiverse, to utilize their natural problem-solving, spatial reasoning and pattern finding abilities.

Many of the challenges encountered by individuals who think differently are mitigated by software applications and tech devices designed to assist with reading and writing. With all of these advances in technology, bias and obsolete perceptions remain in the workplace.

Sunday challenges readers to embrace a paradigm shift in a new way of thinking about neurodiversity and creativity while shattering the definition of literacy.

Filled with thought-provoking insights about AI and automation, workplace strategies, and lifestyle insights, this book is a must-read for professionals with dyslexia, especially HR teams and hiring managers.  

Tiffany Sunday is the author of Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge and You Posted What!? Sunday is internationally known for her 2015 TEDx Talk Dyslexia 2:0 The Gift of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Mind.  She speaks at conferences in the U.S. and U.K. and has been interviewed by BBC, CNN Radio, WFAA-ABC, and quoted in Forbes, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Austin-American Statesman, Restaurant News, and more.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. To honor and generate awareness for millions of employees who are dyslexic, I am releasing the book on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future

In Tiffany’s new ground-breaking book, How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future, she asserts the last competitive edge against the machines is human creativity. Building durable businesses requires a multi-diverse talent pool and creative corporate culture. Tiffany challenges readers to embrace a paradigm shift in how we are designing the future of work while shattering the definition of literacy and antiquated workplace perceptions of dyslexia.

This book is the result of two years of research focused on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on employment and the importance of human creativity and problem-solving.

My research uncovered multiple trends ranging from how we are shifting from a text-based intelligence to a visual-based intelligence, to the development of new digital languages and how the use of talent management systems will create defined cognitive employment groups.

Special Pre-Order Giveaways

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  • Everyone who purchases a book will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge.  Five books will be given away.
  • Companies or organizations, located in Texas, that purchase 100 books or more, I will hand deliver the books and give a presentation.
  • Companies or organizations, located outside of Texas, that purchase 150 books or more, I will fly or drive to your office, deliver the books, and give a presentation.
  • For individuals or schools or groups who purchase 15 books or more will receive a one-hour phone interview. During this hour, I can discuss the book, take questions and offer strategies.

Please post, share or engage in a conversation to help generate awareness in the workplace.  Thank you! in advance for your help and support, the more we share the information, the more awareness we create.

The Pre-Order starts today, Wednesday, October 3 and will end on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at midnight. All giveaways and specials are only valid for this time period.  

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Tiffany Sunday is presenting at the 2018 British Dyslexia Association International Conference in Telford, U.K. on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The title of her presentation is How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future.

Tiffany will discuss the five strengths of dyslexia, how advanced technologies are creating new employment opportunities and career strategies to help both dyslexia professionals and corporate human resource managers successfully hire neurodiverse employees.

Her talk is based on Tiffany’s upcoming new book How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future due out in Summer of 2018.

Tiffany frequently speaks at national conferences and conducts corporate workshops.

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In case you are wondering, this is not a blog post listing the top ten business books to read for the holidays.  Nope, this post is different. It’s about the importance of stories and reading.

As an author, I am always asking people what books they like to read.  With two new books slated for publication in 2018, I need to know my market.

I can peg a person’s response to their facial expression.  It’s that frustrated look, “Why would I read a book now, I’m out of school.”  Or “Oh, she’s going to recommend another boring business book. Ugh.” Insert eye rolling emoji.

The majority of the responses all include, “I don’t have time to read because…” We spend hundreds of hours each week reading blog posts, text messages, FB posts etc.  Ironically, we read blog posts about which books successful people are reading.

The book list is unimportant.

What matters most is that these leaders schedule time to read.

The thought leaders, we admire, read a wide range of books including novels, history, biographies and business leadership.  All books contain stories even non-fiction which highlights case studies. We remember stories, we relate to stories, and use stories to help us navigate our jobs, personal relationships, challenges, and events in our lives.

Without these stories, we have a limited mental library to retrieve examples for guidance. Since the beginning of mankind, we’ve used stories to build communities, pass down information, and form bonds needed for survival.

Today is no different.  We need stories; we need this foundation.  Purchasing a book for yourself and everyone on your holiday list is important.

Reading is the gateway to society. If a child does not read by the age of seven, they are at risk of missing the gateway.  Once the opportunity passes, it is extremely difficult to gain access.

The ability read (insert assistive technology if needed to help with reading) is the second most important skill humans’ must possess.  The ability to communicate is first.

As you build your holiday shopping list, take the time to visit your local bookstore or Amazon.  Think about the stories you crave to read.  What problem are you mentally seeking to solve? Go to the library; walk through the quiet aisles glancing at the titles. What book catches your eye?

Better yet, go to the children’s section look at the stories.  Last month, I discovered while walking through Barnes and Noble – What Do You Do With An Idea by Kobi Yamada.  I absolutely love the book and believe everyone should read it.

Books, regardless how you read them are important, they provide us with a rich depth of stories that we use daily to solve problems.  Even non-fiction has a place because we gain knowledge and a different perspective.

Included in this post are images of the current books I am reading.  I will be stopping by Half Price Books and Barnes & Noble to purchase gifts.

Remember – reading by the fireplace is a great way to unplug and enjoy the holidays!

 
 
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On Thursday, August 10, I was a guest on Elisheva Schwartz’s Podcast – The Dyslexia Quest.  Her show is ranked in the top 30 iTunes podcast shows.  We talked about a range of topics from my experiences as a student in school to how technology is creating more career opportunities for dyslexics.

Quote from Elisheva –

Guest Tiffany Sunday quests with us on the fascinating topic “Dyslexia 2:0 The Gift of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Mind”. We uncover dyslexic strengths and wonder why having these strengths can  cause overwhelming pressure instead of motivation.

Tiffany is an author, innovator, entrepreneur and mom of a dyslexic child. She writes and speaks on multiple topics from the digital revolution, to the future of work to personal development and the relationship between dyslexia and entrepreneurship.

Tiffany reminds us that every one of us has a passion…. even our kids. It’s what “makes our tail wag”. We talk about dreaming big and innovation. Tiffany shares from her own unique experiences – you won’t want to miss it so stay tuned till the end!

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In the global markets, commodities are bought and sold based on price and availability. People will pay more for higher quality in some situations, but not all.

As we know, commodity prices are always at the mercy of the market. It’s all about supply and demand, this is not new nor do I believe it will change either.

With the rapid acceleration of technology and automation, knowledge workers are a commodity. Keep in mind, automation completely changed factories, and now automation is disrupting higher levels of employment.

For the past five and half years, I have been studying, thinking, writing, and speaking about how technology will transform our economy and society.

Every day, I think about Einstein’s quote “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

His quote guides my thinking because I know we’ll never find a solution if we use the same thought process we used thirty years ago.

Employment advice is the same story. The best way to differentiate your brand at work is to add more value, gain more skills, gain more experience, and take a class. Why do we continue to offer the same advice, while the world is changing?

How much more value can you add to a commodity to make it not a commodity? Think about — that’s what we are saying? Aren’t we? How many tiny features can we add to a roll of toilet paper?

We all know there is not much that separates the commodities we buy every day. Think about how you purchase toilet paper, soap, gas for your car. What makes you purchase one product over the competitor? Is the toilet paper soft, does the soap smell nice, which product is cheapest?

We think about two things when purchasing a commodity. Which products I like best and which can I afford. Not much else. When we’re in a hurry our goal is to grab something from the shelf or click the icon for Amazon Prime Grocery Box.

Side note — Amazon changed how we think about shopping, this, in turn, will change how we think about hiring people. It will; we just don’t know how.

Books and seminars tell us to gain more skills, add more features to our personal brand to make us more attractive on the digital employment shelf.

I don’t want to be soap anymore, and I don’t think you do either.

So, how do we stop being a commodity? I believe when we continue to place ourselves in the market as a commodity, then our value will always be priced on what the market determines.

Always.

While writing this morning, I came across Alex Deckard’s post. From the content, it appears he wrote it several years ago. He succinctly describes the difference between being a commodity worker and being above or as he puts it the 1%.

I like how he framed the question. The only way we move off the shelf is to disrupt our thinking process. I wrote on Tuesday, back a hundred years ago, no one could conceive the new industries between the 1880's — 1920's. They were still thinking about how to add more features to a horse buggy.

Read Alex’s post and think how to disrupt your worldview of employment, and toss into the process an entrepreneurial creative perspective. Instead of seeing what is — ask how employment will be profoundly different.

Ask yourself how do I move off the shelf and not be a commodity. Challenge every assumption about your employment, income, skills, features, and experience. Then take a break and give your subconscious time to work on the problem.

Let me know what you discover.

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This morning, I’m focused on why we constantly seek approval from others before we make a decision. Are we afraid to fail or do we prefer to let someone else take the responsibility? Often to feel good about ourselves, we seek approval from a specific person or group of people.

Why is their approval so important? Have you ever regretted the decision you made based on their approval? I have, more than once and its sucks. Because you end up spending mental resources, rehashing your regret for seeking their approval and the time you wasted. I’ve learned regret can propel you to make changes or not. There is no middle ground with regret.

I believe gaining an awareness of when we are seeking approval, especially when we are seeking it from the wrong people, is one of the most important action we can take. If not, we will forever remain in the vicious cycle of giving our power away while wasting time waiting on someone else’s opinion of us.

When we seek out approval, we’re really saying — I don’t have the guts to make this decision. When the person says yes or no, we are released from the taking ownership of the decision.

But most of the time, these people are wrong. Because their response is based on their worldview, their perspective, and what they think of us. What we often forget is that family members and friends can have dated views.

I wrote this post because once again, I find myself at the same crossroad I was at two years ago. I sought the approval of two individuals, neither which have recognized or accepted that I have changed. I can see that now.

Their disapproval and advice then and now does not match where I am at in my life and career. The difference is so vast; it’s like we’re on different planets. We all have family members and people in our lives who refuse to change their worldview.

When you change, it challenges their thinking. They don’t want to change how they think of you. They work to make you feel guilty about your actions because they don’t want to make the effort to change or are incapable of accepting the new you.

Their opinions become irrelevant and are a waste of time.

Seeking approval from others is based on our internal fears of making a mistake or being seen as a failure. If people judge you solely on your mistakes, then rethink your relationship.

Learn to trust your gut intuition. Your gut knows when we’re on the right track and when are off rail. I know from experience and have had my gut scream at me several times recently because I was not listening. In the next week, I will make a major decision about my career and not seek the approval of others.

You know deep down exactly what you need to do. Your voice is there…learn to listen to your gut. Think, what would you do right now if you stopped seeking approval from everyone including your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend, partner, teacher, boss, friends, neighbor, brother, sister, be sure to include the people who you are trying to prove wrong.

What would you do? What would you change? What thoughts went through your mind — no filters!!

If nothing came to mind — then think about that too? Why have you shut everything down? Is it because of others’ opinion of you? Why are you willing to let these people direct your life? Why?

Why are we all so afraid to be ourselves? I think the fear of what others will think traps us, leaving us unable to move forward.

I’m done giving my power away. I am done allowing others to make decisions about my life when they know nothing about who I am. I am done seeking approval and have made a promise to myself to eliminate this negative habit.

Tiffany Sunday

Image Credit - CodpastThis post is dedicated to fellow dyslexics around the world.

Name must your fear be before banish it you can.
Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

I overcame my fear of failure, in elementary school, after thousands of failed starts in reading, writing, and spelling. Since then, I have developed a confidence in my abilities to overcome challenges and solve complex problems.

Even with my dyslexic brain’s savvy abilities, I encounter language processing misfires every day. There are some days when I feel it is impossible to spell a correct word.

These misfires include using the word “thingy” for everything, talking backward, and collapsing sentences to increase processing speeds. When this occurs, small talk goes out the window. My brain focuses all of its energy on what it deems critical communication.  What surprises most people is that I have a fear of writing in public. Either on social media or physically in front of another person.  As a writer, this fear can present problems when your business is based on creating content.

When I was in high school, I wished, someone would have helped focus my energy on developing strategies to manage these road bumps instead of increasing my fear of making a mistake.

Since writing Dyslexia’s Competitive Edge, I’ve learned a lot about myself.  I’ve discovered how dyslexia encourages us to be brave.  Our bravery occurs when we write on a whiteboard, answer questions in class, or participate in an extracurricular activity that requires us to read out loud.

Dyslexia teaches us to be brave as we think of ways to respond to tacky comments.

Like I said before, if I had a dollar for every time a person corrected my language errors or dyslexia’s misfires, I would have an island next to Richard Branson.

It’s hard to explain to others why our dyslexic brain will never figure out how to correctly say or spell a word.  Often they think we’re not trying hard enough.  We need to support dyslexic teens and remind them often to focus on developing strategies and ignore naysayers.

My dyslexia brain is evolving to become a mentor, encouraging me to move past this fear.  I’m instructed to write online, develop a small talk strategy, and write in front of people.  Each brave action makes it easier for the next action.

Even though small talk can be mentally draining, I am developing workarounds to manage the stress of retrieving the correct word.  Small talk is different than speaking at a conference or like my TEDx Talk.  As a professional speaker, I spent hours memorizing the presentation.

No Fear 

I decided to embrace my fear and became a board member of my son’s high school band organization.  Each week, I volunteer at football games and competitions.  I am most vulnerable when helping at these events.

I write down numbers, names, pronounce student names, and manage on-demand communication with moving variables.  Imagine participating in the Olympic Game of language processing.

The real test was this past weekend.  I was a band chaperone for an all day competition. My dyslexic brain rose to the demands and quickly created adoptions and shorts cuts to efficiently process information.  However, by late afternoon I experienced word retrieval problems, talked backward, and collapsed sentences down to two or three words.

Instead of feeling embarrassed or frustrated, I kept going and if someone asked I said, “I’m dyslexic and am experiencing language misfires.”  I work each day to stop criticizing myself for these errors.  I know it’s impossible to stop the word “thingy” from happening.  I have learned it’s a message from my brain telling me it’s either overloaded or tired.

My message to dyslexic teens and young adults – Do not let your fear prevent you from doing what you love.

Be brave and work to develop strategies, tell people your dyslexic, and then share with them how they can help you process information.

I believe we only gain the results we seek.  When we are willing to face our fears, take action only then can we eliminate the fear.

This post was originally posted on www.tiffanysunday.com for Dyslexia Awareness Month.  Image Credit - Codpast.

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Twice in 2016, I thought to myself, “Am I going backward? Was I regressing to a place I no longer wanted to be?”

Both times, I was an event participant.  Everything felt dated. 

After several attendees voiced concern, the coordinator stated, “That’s the way it’s always been done, no need to change.”  Staring back at the individual, I felt like an alien.

I don’t want to go backward, especially after I’ve spent so much mental energy moving forward.  The last thing I wanted to do was to get stuck in another rut.

In all of my experiences, there has never been a time where going backward proved beneficial.

Not once.

As an impatient movie viewer, films are consumed while working on the computer with the audio playing in the background or during dinner. Last night’s working selection was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey as Kim Barker.  The movie is based on Barker’s book.

I’ve been thinking about Tina Fey’s character and the reason she became a war correspondent.  Each day she faithfully ran on a treadmill. One day, she noticed the constant motion was moving the machine backward across the carpet.  In her mind, she was regressing in life instead of gaining.

Again, I am consumed with the question “Am I moving forward or not gaining at all?”

Change surrounds us, yet for many, there is no movement, there is no internal growth, there is only redundancy.  The creation of goals reworked year after year.  There is comfort in knowing what to expect each and every minute of every day.  Being too comfortable can evolve into complacency distorting reality masquerading as happiness.

2016 was a mixed bag as I was surprised and pleased with the growth of my business while conversely dealing with several sobering realizations.  From the new awareness, I gained wisdom enabling me to move forward once again.  I am not the same person I was six months.  My approach to problems and how I formulate decisions is different.   My worldview is constantly evolving.

When you think you are moving backward, stop and ask yourself why you feel this way and what could be the triggers? Often we ignore our inner voice.  Look beyond the usual answers and responses, what else is under the surface.  Is there a decision or something you are avoiding that needs to be addressed?

If nothing comes to mind, then think of the most outside of the box answer.  Anything? If not, let your mind noodle on why for while.  When you least expect an answer it will appear.

I believe the only way we can move forward and create a meaningful life is to avoid events and people who cause us to move backward.   Our world is full of too many amazing things to be satisfied with how it’s always been done or remaining stuck in a rut refusing to evolve.

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Last Fall I worked with my new editor to revised and update You Posted What!? The book’s content was solid; however, I wanted to improve the editing and layout of the book.

I updated information to reflect the changes that had occurred since I wrote the book in 2013. The Digital Revolution is transforming every aspect of our lives. The world I remember and the world my son will never know is now a tiny blip on the radar. As we adapt to this new world, learning how to use digital technology as a positive tool is crucial.

Often, we forget that technology is a tool. Since the printing press, technology has always been a tool and will always be a tool. The difference we’re experiencing is the speed of change driven by digital technology and the Internet.

In the original book, I wrote about how Big Data was gaining popularly and how businesses were using our online data to generate a profit. Now, colleges are using Big Data to determine the ROI for a student application and to verify information. Families who do not understand how digital technology is being used to screen college and employment applications and the depth of these changes will be left behind.

Today, everyone has a digital profile and online identity regardless if you are on social media or not. Back when I wrote You Posted What!?, parents and educators were concerned with what students were posting online and with good reason. However, beyond a few beer photos and teens having fun, the concern should be placed on how companies such as Facebook are using our data and how this data provides a very detail picture of who we are.

Another trend that is gathering steam is that more and more companies are using gamification to verify a college graduate’s skills and knowledge instead of relying solely on the individual’s diploma.  This is one example I discuss in the book and how these shifts can impact our teens.

To help teens and parents, I have included strategies on how to use technology to learn new subjects, build a memorable digital profile, and find employment that aligns with your teen’s skills and strengths. I also added more online information in the Resource section.

You Posted What!? is a valuable resource for teens, parents, school counselors, and college advisors who need guidance on how to use digital technology as a strategic advantage.

The book is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.