This is probably the worst way to start a blog, but I'm going to quote myself. I'm sorry. This comes from a post about innovative mindsets:
They continually change while the people around them may not. This creates a disconnect from those in your sphere of contact who are either growing at a slower rate or fossilizing. The space that is created by the variation of movement can lend itself to feelings of misunderstanding to incongruity. The thought, "I'm thinking differently than others. What do I do?"
Okay, fast forward to today. #satchat has started a Voxer group. One of the "satchatters" was talking about how he was trying to do this, that, and the other thing to get his district to move forward and adopt new thinking. He ran into brick wall after brick wall. He realized that he was growing at a much faster rather than others around him.
Earlier this year I used this high tech graphic to explain the idea.
Yes, that is a picture I drew on my whiteboard. However, it speaks to the distance that is created by being more innovative than those around you. You become different.
@khurdhorst chimed and said, "Yeah, you are like a missionary."
An educational missionary.
Now, we all know that the best way to convince others to change is to tell them how what they are doing is wrong and will never work. Oh, wait.
A missionary doesn't go into a community and stand on a box screaming, "The end is near!" They go into a community to be apart of the community. We innovators are the same way. We don't tell people why they are wrong. We stand as examples of what could be.
We aren't stingy; we give.
We offer new ideas at the exact rate as the community is willing to accept them, and then stand next to the people as they make their new learning personal.
At first innovators can feel very lonely. It's the cost of changing at a faster rate than those around us. However, thinking of the educational missionary, they can cause change in those around them by standing as a example of what could be and facilitating change incrementally.
The usage of Voxer as a means of professional development is a very new concept. If you are interested in joining or learning more about #satchat #voxer group, please let me know.
Your thoughts are encouraged and welcome,