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Thinking Differently …Together

Explore neurodiversity, cognition and mental health

Ben Miller
with Ben Miller
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Thinking Differently …Together

Explore neurodiversity, cognition and mental health

Ben Miller
with Ben Miller

Thinking Differently …Together

No two brains are wired the same. And our work demands us to think differently about everything. So, how can leaders cultivate inclusive conditions for teams to think and act differently, together?

Thinking Differently …Together is a NEW 6-week course designed to demystify and reveal the invisible workings of the mind. Instead of approaching neurodiversity as a problem to fix, Ben invites you to explore new ways to navigate complex and collective challenges with the strengths of team members who are neurodiverse.

Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Ben will take you on a fascinating exploration of mental processes, diversity of thought, and practical design ideas to learn about thinking, communication, and where next for leaders of diverse teams. Passionate about new ways of working and learning, Ben will open your mind to new possibilities that positively affect your performance, your team’s performance and the mental wellbeing of ALL your people.

We’re running our first cohort from 19 October — there are just 10 places.

Live weekly 90-minute group calls will be on Tuesdays, from 4pm to 5:30pm UK time.

Course Overview

Thinking Differently …Together is a ‘learning through experimentation’ course for leaders interested in exploring neurodiversity within teams and how thinking influences every aspect of the workplace from operations to strategy to learning and development. The course will run over 6 weeks:

  • Week 1 — Thinking Ahead
  • Week 2 — Brain Basics
  • Week 3 — The Modern Brain
  • Week 4 — Different Thinking Patterns
  • Week 5 — Cultivating Conditions
  • Week 6 — Thinking (and Acting) Differently Together

See Course Details below for more details about each week’s content.

Who should enrol?

  • Leaders who live with neurodiversity 
  • Leaders who want to create a more diverse team and inclusive culture
  • Leaders who want to improve employee wellbeing and collaboration
  • Leaders who want to recruit talent who think, learn and communicate differently
  • Leaders who want to understand more about the mind and brain
  • Leaders who want to become an everyday designer in the workplace

Course outcomes

  • Describe the main functions of the brain 
  • Contrast and compare the brain’s ecosystem through different lenses and competing values and goals
  • Identify how neurodiversity shows up in the workplace
  • Learn the terminology to start meaningful conversations with diverse colleagues
  • Examine diverse perspectives through active role-play and scenario exploration
  • Solve people problems and create experiments by applying everyday design skills
  • Synthesise diversity of thought with the wider workplace context
FORMAT Cohort of 10 leaders
START DATE 19 October 2021
DURATION* 6 Weeks
TIME* 2.5 Hours/Week
ENROL $799 → $139
Launch Special
ENROL

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Thinking Differently …Together

No two brains are wired the same. And our work demands us to think differently about everything. So, how can leaders cultivate inclusive conditions for teams to think and act differently, together?

Thinking Differently …Together is a NEW 6-week course designed to demystify and reveal the invisible workings of the mind. Instead of approaching neurodiversity as a problem to fix, Ben invites you to explore new ways to navigate complex and collective challenges with the strengths of team members who are neurodiverse.

Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Ben will take you on a fascinating exploration of mental processes, diversity of thought, and practical design ideas to learn about thinking, communication, and where next for leaders of diverse teams. Passionate about new ways of working and learning, Ben will open your mind to new possibilities that positively affect your performance, your team’s performance and the mental wellbeing of ALL your people.

We’re running our first cohort from 19 October — there are just 10 places.

Live weekly 90-minute group calls will be on Tuesdays, from 4pm to 5:30pm UK time.

Course Overview

Thinking Differently …Together is a ‘learning through experimentation’ course for leaders interested in exploring neurodiversity within teams and how thinking influences every aspect of the workplace from operations to strategy to learning and development. The course will run over 6 weeks:

  • Week 1 — Thinking Ahead
  • Week 2 — Brain Basics
  • Week 3 — The Modern Brain
  • Week 4 — Different Thinking Patterns
  • Week 5 — Cultivating Conditions
  • Week 6 — Thinking (and Acting) Differently Together

See Course Details below for more details about each week’s content.

Who should enrol?

  • Leaders who live with neurodiversity 
  • Leaders who want to create a more diverse team and inclusive culture
  • Leaders who want to improve employee wellbeing and collaboration
  • Leaders who want to recruit talent who think, learn and communicate differently
  • Leaders who want to understand more about the mind and brain
  • Leaders who want to become an everyday designer in the workplace

Course outcomes

  • Describe the main functions of the brain 
  • Contrast and compare the brain’s ecosystem through different lenses and competing values and goals
  • Identify how neurodiversity shows up in the workplace
  • Learn the terminology to start meaningful conversations with diverse colleagues
  • Examine diverse perspectives through active role-play and scenario exploration
  • Solve people problems and create experiments by applying everyday design skills
  • Synthesise diversity of thought with the wider workplace context

$799 → $139
Launch Special

ENROL

Course Details

Thinking Differently …Together is an experiment-based 6-week course with guided exploration and deep-dives by Ben Miller.

Week 1 — Thinking Ahead

  • Why this? Why now?
  • Meet Your Tutor
  • Navigating the Course
  • Design Skill & Quest: Curiosity
  • Exercise: Examine Individual & Team Preferences (Strengths & Weaknesses)

Week 2 — Brain Basics

  • Brain Misconceptions
  • Form & Function
  • The Normal Brain Illusion
  • Design Skill & Quest: Experimentation
  • Exercise: Examine Cultural & Decision-Making Preferences (Top-down vs Bottom-up)

Week 3 — The Modern Brain

  • Evolution
  • One Brain, Two Worlds
  • Neurosculpting
  • Design Skill & Quest: Reframing
  • Exercise: Examine Processing Preferences (Big Picture vs Details, Integration vs Division)

Week 4 — Different Thinking Patterns

  • Identifying Neurodiversity
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Beyond Labels
  • Design Skill & Quest: Process
  • Exercise: Examine Orientation Preferences (Goal vs Journey, Predictability vs Possibility)

Week 5 — Cultivating Conditions

  • Universal Design & Individual Support
  • The Importance of What Isn’t Measured
  • Touchpoints & Adjustments
  • Design Skill & Quest: Collaboration
  • Exercise: Examine Communication Preferences (Relationship vs Transaction, Personal vs Impersonal, Explicit vs Implicit)

Week 6 — Thinking (and Acting) Differently Together

  • Values
  • Vision
  • Ventures
  • Design Skill & Quest: Storytelling
  • Exercise: Exam Value Preferences (Generalist vs Specialist, Living vs Non-Living)

Please note: Course details and titles are subject to change.

There are 12 short assignments in total.

They are all designed to help you explore different modes of thinking, learning, communicating, and choice-making.

You submit your assignments for tutor and peer feedback.

Thinking Aloud is the weekly enrichment call for participants to share design quest insights, discuss the weekly exercises, and try on different perspectives through role-playing exercises. 

Call Dates

October:      19, 26
November:   2, 9, 16, 23

Cohort Calls are for 90 minutes on Tuesdays at 4pm-5:30pm UK Time. 

Other time zones: 11am-12:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm CET

These are video calls on Zoom and by registration.

Spots on Thinking Differently …Together are limited to 10 leaders per cohort to ensure you have a great learning experience.

Course Details

Curriculum

Thinking Differently …Together is an experiment-based 6-week course with guided exploration and deep-dives by Ben Miller.

Week 1 — Thinking Ahead

  • Why this? Why now?
  • Meet Your Tutor
  • Navigating the Course
  • Design Skill & Quest: Curiosity
  • Exercise: Examine Individual & Team Preferences (Strengths & Weaknesses)

Week 2 — Brain Basics

  • Brain Misconceptions
  • Form & Function
  • The Normal Brain Illusion
  • Design Skill & Quest: Experimentation
  • Exercise: Examine Cultural & Decision-Making Preferences (Top-down vs Bottom-up)

Week 3 — The Modern Brain

  • Evolution
  • One Brain, Two Worlds
  • Neurosculpting
  • Design Skill & Quest: Reframing
  • Exercise: Examine Processing Preferences (Big Picture vs Details, Integration vs Division)

Week 4 — Different Thinking Patterns

  • Identifying Neurodiversity
  • Challenges & Opportunities
  • Beyond Labels
  • Design Skill & Quest: Process
  • Exercise: Examine Orientation Preferences (Goal vs Journey, Predictability vs Possibility)

Week 5 — Cultivating Conditions

  • Universal Design & Individual Support
  • The Importance of What Isn’t Measured
  • Touchpoints & Adjustments
  • Design Skill & Quest: Collaboration
  • Exercise: Examine Communication Preferences (Relationship vs Transaction, Personal vs Impersonal, Explicit vs Implicit)

Week 6 — Thinking (and Acting) Differently Together

  • Values
  • Vision
  • Ventures
  • Design Skill & Quest: Storytelling
  • Exercise: Exam Value Preferences (Generalist vs Specialist, Living vs Non-Living)

Please note: Course details and titles are subject to change.

Assignments

There are 12 short assignments in total.

They are all designed to help you explore different modes of thinking, learning, communicating, and choice-making.

You submit your assignments for tutor and peer feedback.

Schedule & Call Dates

Thinking Aloud is the weekly enrichment call for participants to share design quest insights, discuss the weekly exercises, and try on different perspectives through role-playing exercises. 

Call Dates

October:      19, 26
November:   2, 9, 16, 23

Cohort Calls are for 90 minutes on Tuesdays at 4pm-5:30pm UK Time. 

Other time zones: 11am-12:30pm EST / 5-6:30pm CET

These are video calls on Zoom and by registration.

Good to Know

Spots on Thinking Differently …Together are limited to 10 leaders per cohort to ensure you have a great learning experience.

What’s included…

18 VIDEO LECTURES

2 hours of video lectures — succinct, clear explanations of why each skill matters & how to practice them

6 LIVE CALLS

Stellar collection of worksheets, cheat sheets & templates as well as your Study Pack

12 ASSIGNMENTS

Real scenarios, case studies, evaluations & useful frameworks for immediate impact

EXTRA RESOURCES

Real scenarios, case studies, evaluations & useful frameworks for immediate impact

COHORT DISCUSSIONS

Online tutor support and exchanges with other delegates

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PEER COMMUNITIES

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100% Remote Learning
& Skills Practice

Promotes Integrity in Leadership

Facilitates Diversity
& Inclusion

100% Remote Learning
& Skills Practice

Promotes Integrity in Leadership

Facilitates Diversity
& Inclusion

Meet your tutor

Glenn Martin

Ben Miller

Ben, a neurodiversity champion with ADHD and advocates for people who perceive, communicate, and learn differently. He is passionate about the role that divergent thinking and doing in classrooms, workplaces, and community settings will have on what comes next.

He blends personal experiences, industry insight, multiple interests and coaching to help people explore new possibilities and pathways.

Ben’s broad interests start with the brain because it influences everything we do — how we experience, sense, feel, think, relate, and respond. He supports and empowers leaders to shift from a “fixing-people” mindset to creating the conditions for people to flourish. He believes an ability to balance and integrate different outlooks, experiences, capabilities and thinking styles are a necessity for sustainable, inclusive, healthy and productive ways to live, learn, and work in the 21st Century.

Ben plays an active role in shaping the East of England culture. He supported the region’s NHS Mental Health transformation project and was chair of Healthwatch Suffolk during Covid-19, and remains a Director.  He advises local institutions on future skills and career development. Ben will soon be launching It’s All Mental, a storytelling podcast for young people to explore the root causes of mental illness. He is also the co-founder of °Latitude Project which harnesses Social Design principles to improve environments for marginalised people to prosper.

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Belong to a global community

Meet Growth Minded Leaders Like You

Leaders enrolled on our courses are committed to bringing out the best in others by learning the conversation skills that build stronger relationships and support their people to achieve their goals. You’ll be in good company.

Expand Your Network

Meet new leaders at all levels and from all sectors in our online community and in live discussions that are open to our global community or that are part of our courses and certificate programmes.

Get Tutor & Peer Feedback

Leaders on our courses and Better Conversations tutors are always ready to give feedback and are generous with their knowledge, experiences and techniques for coaching conversations with their team, peers and other key stakeholders, like clients and suppliers.

Better Conversations is a growing global community of Leaders Who Coach™ and who embrace diversity

Enrol your leaders

There’s an amplifying effect on your culture when cohorts of your leaders think differently & grow together.

Enrol your leaders

There’s an amplifying effect on your culture when cohorts of your leaders think differently & grow together.

Thinking Differently

“We’re stronger thinking differently together.”

— Ben Miller

“We’re stronger thinking differently together.”

— Ben Miller