As we go through life, we make waves. Some ripples, some large tides; some in acquiescence with the current flow, some not. When we are in acquiescence with others we tend to have an easier time being heard. It takes less energy to get our point across. A roomful of nodding heads is a much more inviting sight than a roomful of averted eyes, negative micro-expressions and sharply exhaled breath.
I’ve been known to have wild ideas from time to time (to which, some were even worth listening). However, the most difficult part for me has always been managing my own resilience in the face of averted eyes, impatiently cleared throats and conscious or unconscious displays of disinterest, anger, anxiety or inconvenience. The most exciting and rewarding pieces of work I have carried out were when I was able to find a safe space for my wild ideas and benefit from colleagues’ objective examination of them. As I move deeper into the area of innovative thinking, teaching and learning with my next career move, I want to test out four strategies that I think could help when a disruptive idea comes along. If you think you could benefit from employing these too, please do, and be sure to tell me what works and what doesn’t @teabutton