Jay , did you read the article? I only ask because it sounds like it is describing kid-you to a T. It described kid-me to a T as well, and it made sense of so many things that had always kind of been burrs in my butt about why certain things were so hard for me or so frustrating (college was HORRIBLE for me in lots of ways…I know now that I’ve got attention issues, and sitting through lectures was almost impossible for me, etc.)
It rears its ugly head at work, as well. I have a very difficult time with strictly regimented rules (punching in and out, for example) because I am one of those people who is productive when I’m excited and motivated and solving puzzles and teaching myself new skills and my output is higher than almost anyone else’s, but sometimes it happens at 2am. And when that happens, having to be in at 8am just because “that’s when we go to work” frustrates me to no end. I would much rather be evaluated on my work quality and obvious effort than by a computer printout of when I swiped my badge.
I’ve almost been fired for this, though I regularly put more hours in than anyone else I work with, just because my hours aren’t conventional. Even though NOTHING I DO requires interaction with anyone else at specific times throughout the day; it’s all doable with email and IM. And when I have had face-to-face meetings scheduled, I’ve never been late or missed them.
It just depends on what kind of learner you are, like you said.(or where your intelligence lies)…my organization tends to hire management personnel who place a lot of importance on things like the time card and less on actual work process.
So we adapt, I guess. But I’d rather they adapt to me. :)