When Ned Hallowell was trying to learn to read and couldn’t do it, growing up in the 1950’s, he could have been labeled as stupid and told to try harder. But Mrs. Eldridge, Ned’s First Grade teacher, knew there was more to kids not being able to read than being stupid. What she did, didn’t turn Ned into a better reader but it did something more that contributed to Ned majoring in English from Harvard College and graduating with high honors. Listen to Dr. Ned Hallowell tell his story of how he got over the hump and helps others do the same.
Dr. Ned Hallowell has ADHD and dyslexia. He sees them not as disorders but rather as traits that can bestow enormous benefit. When those traits are managed well, they can help you get over the hump faster. But if they are managed poorly or not recognized at all, they can lead to disaster.
Dr. Ned is a graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Hallowell served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School for 20 years until he retired from academia to devote his full professional time to seeing patients, writing books, and giving lectures and seminars.
He has written numerous books including his ground-breaking New York Times best-seller on ADD called Driven to Distraction which initially brought attention deficit disorder to the general public.
His books have sold over 2 million copies. He has appeared on every major TV show including Oprah, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning Show, The View, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, 60 Minutes and CNN, and now the Fast Leader Show. Woot Woot!
Dr. Ned is the founder of the Hallowell Centers with offices in:
- Sudbury, MA
- New York City
- San Francisco
These centers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of learning differences, especially ADHD and dyslexia, using a strength-based approach.
Currently Dr. Ned resides in Arlington, MA with his wife Sue and dog Ziggy. He also has three grown kids, Lucy, Jack and Tucker.
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
“If you have ADHD it’s sort of like you have a Ferrari engine for a brain…but bicycle brakes.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“ADHD untrained and unchained gets into all kinds of trouble.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“I am in the business of promoting love.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“I was a very enthusiastic reader, thanks to that hug.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“When you worry with someone you start solving problems.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“When you worry alone you often get depressed.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“Understanding these goes beyond a sound bite, that is why I write a book.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“(ADHD) It’s not a deficit…it’s not a disorder, but rather a trait.“ -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“We live in an age that pushes superficial thinking.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“If you’re going fast you can’t go deep.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“We live in an age of distraction.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“Hire people who are smarter than you are.”-Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“Never be threatened by people that are more talented than you are.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“The great leader is the leader who gives credit to others.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“We live in a paradoxical world where we’re super connected electronically, but under connected inter-personally.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“A lot of people are suffering from a vitamin connect deficiency.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
“The most powerful wisdom is the most ancient wisdom.” -Ned Hallowell Click to Tweet
Hump to Get Over
Ned Hallowell has ADHD and dyslexia. When he was trying to learn to read and couldn’t do it, growing up in the 1950’s, he could have been labeled as stupid and told to try harder. But Mrs. Eldridge helped to inspire Ned go on to Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard residency and fellowship in adult and child psychiatry. He has written over twenty books selling over 2 million copies. Listen to Dr. Ned’s story so you can learn to move onward and upward faster.
Advice for others
Never worry alone. You will encounter obstacles and you may be inclined to hunker down and take care of it, but don’t do that. Talk to somebody.
Holding him back from being an even better leader
I need more knowledge.
Best Leadership Advice Received
Hire people that are smart than you are. Promote others and not yourself.
Secret to Success
My ability to connect with others.
Contacting Ned Hallowell
Free Introduction to Driven to Distraction at Work Intro Download.