Three Ways ADHD Has Made Me A Better Product Manager

Ever since my Mum was advised to cut back on my E numbers as a child, I’ve been coping with the symptoms of ADHD. Far from being a hindrance, though, I’ve found some of the traits associated with an attention deficit disorder can be an advantage, particularly within the world of startups and software development.

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Here are three ways my ADHD has helped make me a better product manager:

I’m always thinking about “what’s next”

I’ve spent a lifetime chasing after “the next big thing” because I’m often bored with where I’m at.

In some roles, that’s been a major issue.

In product management, though, it works perfectly.

I spend a lot of my time trying to figure out what I should be doing next and it keeps me totally engaged.

I can’t stand staying still

BAU roles bore me to tears.

I can’t stand the monotony of doing the same thing day in, day out.

As a product manager, though, every day is different.

I can’t wait to get to work each morning to see how I can push things forward for my business and my customers.

I’m unflappable in a crisis

A recent study found the brains of people with ADHD produce more Theta waves than average.

I don’t know what a Theta wave is, but it apparently indicates a deep state of relaxation.

I’ve always had a reputation for being cool, calm and under control — hugely beneficial traits when your latest release is unexpectedly blowing up in your face.

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