From article Giftedness in the work environment, By Noks Nauta, Sieuwke Ronner.
“Gifted individuals possess many more creative possibilities than the averagely gifted person.
“To make use of their innovative ideas and to implement them, however, an effective interaction between gifted individuals and their work environment is essential.
“It is possible for gifted individuals to make a contribution to work processes through their characteristics (their talents), provided that their talents and their contributions are also seen to be positive, and provided that they do not grow skewed, through, among other things, insufficient appreciation or non-professional guidance.”
Related book: Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person, by Barrie Jaeger.
[Photo from Google office in Zurich.]
Here are some additional perspectives – from the article Career Planning for Gifted Adults by Cathy Goodwin :
“James is so restless and energetic. I wonder if he’s hyperactive.”
“Nancy seems to be all over the place. She’s got a dozen projects going at once!”
“Harley does things so fast! He put up a website in two weeks.”
“Marlene is so intense. She needs to lighten up.”
While it’s possible that James is hyperactive, Nancy is scattered, Harley skates on thin ice and Marlene is depressed, it’s also possible that each of these people wears the label, “gifted adult,” often unaware.
Gifted children often lose interest in school because they’re bored.
They don’t always get top grades because they think in unconventional patterns.
Gifted adults can be misunderstood. Those who read books like Jacobsen’s The Gifted Adult often feel relieved: “Finally, someone understands where I’m coming from!”
Also listen to a stimulating podcast at Giftedness Revealed By Eric Stephen Vorm: