Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What does your professionalism look like?

On the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, blogger Zoe Gross presents “Business-NOS: A Standard of Professionalism” to define her Autistic professionalism. I think it worth sharing because, I too approach professionalism from a place on the autism continuum:
Logo: Thinking Person's Guide to Autism
“You’ve heard of business casual; this is business-NOS.
“Business-NOS is when your stim toy matches your suit.
“Business-NOS is elbows on the table, head in your hands.
“Business-NOS is being floppy at work because you’re going to be floppy anyway and you may as well get some work done.
“Business-NOS is flats only because you don’t have the gross motor skills to walk in heels. It’s trying heels anyway because you believe in the dignity of risk.
“Business-NOS is networking using only scripts and echolalia.
“Business-NOS is stimming and spinning in the Senate building, flapping in meetings, rocking in hearings, headphones everywhere.
“Business-NOS is a standard of professionalism which does not require eye contact, stillness, or median abdominal strength. Business-NOS means putting your passion and energy into your work, not into trying to look normal. Business-NOS is knowing you do good work, and not buying into the lie that someone like you couldn’t possibly do the good work that you are doing.”
Occupying a similar position, I draw strength from this quote attributed to Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

I echo Gross when she asks her concluding question:
“This is what my professionalism looks like. How about you?”
Gross blogs at http://illusionofcompetence.blogspot.com/.

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