I saw the ads announcing Elon Musk as host of Saturday Night Live for this past Mother’s Day Weekend. Little did I know that, today, I would view him as a champion for diversity and inclusion. ELON MUSK IS MY NEW HERO!
The Quirky Hero
On Saturday night. I really wasn’t interested! I don’t follow him. Well, I follow him enough to know he’s the CEO of Tesla – a very cool electric car. Enough to know that he intends to fly humans to Mars. Oh yeah, and I heard he was quirky. So what? Heck, I’m kinda quirky myself.
I had no idea he would “out” himself. I can’t tell you the number of folks in the workplace, some of which have been clients, who are on the spectrum. They are scared for their livelihoods to let their employers know their “condition.”
The Coach for Quirky Communicators
I’m usually called in because the person has been deemed disruptive or weird or uncommunicative. Or all three.
In some cases, there were happy endings with the employer and employee re-establishing expectations and plans to communicate.
In other situations, the employee realizes he/she/they are in an environment that can’t sustain mutual expectations. Although, I’m sad, most times it’s the best thing that has ever happened to the employee. They truly know who they are and feel free to go somewhere they are valued, respected, treated equitably, and included.
My fee is considerably less than the legal fees a company has to face for wrongful termination suits and the like. And usually the two parties part without burning bridges.
Quirky is Valuable
I hope my quirky hero diversity champion’s announcement about being the first SNL host with Asperger’s Syndrome (which is on the autism spectrum), allows leaders and staff to view the “weird” employees as valuable team members to also be welcomed and truly included at the Diversity Conference Table.
To that end, I’d like you to do a few things:
- Click on the Saturday Night Live link to watch Elon Musk’s monologue
- In the comments section, please write about your thoughts or feelings about his monologue
- Read my post about coffee and DEI
- Let’s schedule a coffee date
- Tell a friend who’s a leader you know a Calming Communications Coach who can help them better communicate with their weird, uncommunicative, disruptive, or difficult employee. (If they hire us, you get a finder’s fee.)
Be well. Stay safe. Take care!