FOUNDER AND CEO OF O2E AND 1-800-GOT-JUNK
RIAN SCUDAMORE GOT INTO THE “JUNK;
business” when he was 18, as a way to pay for college.
The idea came to him while sitting at a McDonald’s
drive-through when he saw a pick-up truck hauling away trash.
Scudamore bought a truck and started a company called
Rubbish Boys. He eventually realized that college wasn’t right
for him, and he quit school, at 23, to focus on his business.
He found that the best way to learn about running a business
was to run one. Today, Scudamore is the CEO of O2E Brands,
which franchises four businesses—1-800-GOT-JUNK?, Wow 1
Day Painting, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.
“Distracted, high-energy, and impulsive” describe Scudamore to a T. Controlling symptoms is tough, but Scudamore
says that understanding his strengths and weaknesses is a
strategy that works. He is good at hatching ideas and generating vision for his company, but not so good at managing the
details. Instead of trying to do everything himself, he embraces
a “two-in-the-box” approach: Scudamore handles the vision,
and his COO translates the vision into a business reality.
Managing ADHD takes work. “Over the years, I had to
develop tools and tricks to get stuff done quickly and efficiently,”
Scudamore explains. He has learned that movement increases
his focus. Changing work locations sharpens and extends his
concentration. As a CEO, he spends time every week doing work
in coffee shops, because the buzz of activity there helps him
think more clearly.
EXECUTIVE COACH AND AUTHOR OF
BUSINESS IN BLUE JEANS
HEN SUSAN BARONCINI-MOE WAS
diagnosed with ADHD, in her late 30s, she finally
understood why she had a hard time completing
projects, forgot things frequently, and talked so much. On the
other hand, the diagnosis made her question who she was.
Did her diagnosis define her personality?
“I realized it really didn’t matter whether ADHD was
responsible for my quirkiness,” she says. “I am who I am. I
have ADHD. And that’s just how it is.” She didn’t feel she was
broken, so she developed strategies, not to fix herself, but to
become a better version of herself.
As an executive coach, Baroncini-Moe understood firsthand
how working with a coach could help. So she hired one for
herself. It helped to have someone ask her what she had
accomplished and to hold her accountable to
her goals. Having a coach who has ADHD
and “gets it” is her most valuable tool.
Creating systems and staying or-
ganized also worked for her. When
you have ADHD, it helps to “look at
how you function and when you do
specific tasks most effectively, and
schedule your day accordingly.”
Some of the other tools
Baroncini-Moe uses are exercise
and meditation. She works at a
treadmill desk. Her favorite type
of meditation starts with guided
meditation and moves to silence,
except for reminders to refocus
Despite finding strategies that
have helped her overcome some of the challenges of living
with ADHD, Baroncini-Moe is ready to try something new. “I
consider myself a work in progress. I’m always looking for new
strategies, new ways of improving myself or optimizing my life.”
EILEEN BAILEY ;is a freelance writer who specializes in health topics.
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