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Managing with Asperger Syndrome

Managing with Asperger Syndrome

Malcolm Johnson


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This insider account provides much-needed information about a subject of increasing interest: people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) working in management positions. Johnson draws on his personal experiences to explain how elements such as the working environment, managing staff, group dynamics and office politics can have a profound influence on work performance. He provides useful examples and guidance on adapting to the workplace and coping with the pressures and demands of professional roles.

Full of practical advice, this book will be essential reading for anyone with AS in employment as well as their managers, colleagues, family and friends, as well as supporting professionals.

Malcolm Johnson found out that he has Asperger Syndrome at the age of 35, after years of working in middle and senior management. He previously worked at the BBC and now works in publishing. He holds a Business degree from Warwick University and lives with his wife in Surrey, UK.
His success in this field is an inspiration to anyone on the spectrum striving to overcome their social and communication challenges. I enjoyed this book because it is an interesting and captivating read. I admire the author's ability to share his innermost thoughts and feelings with us and my heart goes out to him. I wish him continued success in his career.
On The Spectrum
I heartily recommend this book and concur with the author when he writes, "I do not view my condition as a disadvantage".
Good Autism Practice
Managing with Asperger Syndrome is a fascinating book for those with AS who wish to become managers.
The book provides a highly constructive framework, describing the issues within a business setting and how the approach of a person with AS can compound issues through to actions that can prevent them occurring in the first place. Managing with Asperger Syndrome provides invaluable, practical guidance.
Asperger United

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Acknowledgements xiii
Abbreviations and acronyms xiv
Foreword by Idriss Jazairy JCVH'
Overview and background 1
Introduction 1
A balanced and equitable development 3
From the old to the new development paradigm 5
The dominant development paradigm 5
Variants of the dominant paradigm 9
Challenges to the dominant paradigm 12
Towards a new paradigm centered on poverty alleviation 14
The world of the rural poor 26
Introduction 26
The measurement of rural poverty and deprivation 26
Poverty indices: comparison between countries 30
Income distribution 44
Rural poor and functionally vulnerable groups 45
Poverty in the household 55
Types and location of rural poor 64
Rural poverty processes 69
Policy-induced processes 69
Dualism 70
Population growth 71
Resource management and the environment SI
Natural cycles and processes 84
The marginalisation of women 84
Cultural and ethnic factors 85
Exploitative intermediation 86
Internal political fragmentation and civil strife 86
International processes 87
The regional and country profile of poverty processes 87
A framework for rural poverty analysis and poverty mapping 90
5 Access of the rural poor to resources: land 105
Introduction 105
Land: access of the rural poor to land 106
Conclusion 132
6 Access of the rural poor to resources: infrastructure, technology and social
services 134
Introduction 134
Irrigation development for alleviating rural poverty 134
Technology and farming systems for the rural poor 142
Improving the access of the rural poor to transport, communication and
social services 152
Conclusion 159
7 Access of the rural poor to resources: labour and capital markets 160
Introduction 160
The rural labour market 161
New employment opportunities 171
Training and development of micro-management capacity 182
The capital of the rural poor 191
Conclusion 210
8 Reorienting government policies and institutions to help the poor 213
Introduction 213
Internal and external balances 214
Agricultural pricing policy 234
Interest rate and credit policies 245
Institutions 249
Debt management and capital flow 266
Conclusion: the adjustments under way 265
9 Rural women in development 273
Introduction 273
The contribution of rural women to economic development 274
Rural women's role in economic development: a conceptual framework 275
Rural women's access to resources and opportunities 279
Conclusion: major lessons 298
10 Alleviating rural poverty through natural resource management and preservation 305
Introduction 305
Degradation of renewable resources in developing countries 305
Factors contributing to the degradation of the environment 306
Preserving the environment and alleviating rural poverty 310
Conclusion 321
11 Strategies for targeting specific groups 322
Introduction 322
Landless and near-landless populations 322
Small-scale and artisanal fishermen 325
The Amerindian peoples of Latin America 327
Nomadic pastoralists 332
Displaced wanderers 337
The tribal population in India 338
Conclusion 340
12 Partnership and participation: necessary elements for poverty alleviation 342
Introduction 342
The importance of participation 342
The need for a better partnership 343
National governments and the need for decentralisation 343
Local governments 344
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the rural poor 347
People's organisations and participatory development 351
Conclusion 360