Tom talked openly and proudly about his dyslexia and how if he had an idea he could 'visualise it in my brain and spin it around'. This kind of thinking goes beyond a strong visual-spatial awareness: dyslexics often have an insight into the way things (and people) relate to each other. Hierarchies and logical progressions leave them cold.
Tom was very good at reflecting on past failures and bad decisions. Although often accused of being very wise in hindsight, he consistently displayed common sense. He found the laddishness of Venture’s magazine repugnant, saw the potential of the rucksack car seat, and wanted to sell, sell, sell the nodding bulldog. Apart from gaping holes in his knowledge of British History, perhaps too linear a discipline for him, his judgement was sound.