What do Branson and Gates have in common?

15 Nov

According to a Management Today news alert, ‘Sir Richard Branson and Bill Gates are just two dyslexics who’ve famously gone on to great entrepreneurial heights’. A new academic study shows a strong correlation between entrepreneurs and dyslexia in the US (it exists but is less pronounced in the UK).

It’s a timely study during Enterprise Week, but a reminder of the challenge we face as business educators. If we’re producing entrepreneurs, then shouldn’t we be encouraging more students to drop out? And if we’re producing PR professionals, aren’t they more likely to become the words behind a Branson or a Gates? In which case, words matter.

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