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The Calm Created by D sruption N O R M H U LL D issenting points of view can be hard to appreciate. Because they tend to counter existing association or student council norms, people may see such viewpoints as negative and unsupportive. If the critics are not members of the organization's leadership, their ideas may be given less credibility because those in charge may believe the nonconforming group has not "earned" the right to voice objections or suggestions. It is not unusual for suggestions from disrupters to go through an unofficial filtering process. The outcome may change depending on the perceived value of the suggestion and leaders' willingness to listen with an open mind. The filtering process will typically follow this pattern: 1. A disruptive person suggests a contrarian or nontraditional idea. 2. This idea is discounted privately or publicly by stakeholders in the leadership decision-making group. 3. The disrupter is personally discounted and his or her credibility is questioned. 14 leadership for student activities 4. Current (offended) organization heads seek allies to support their efforts and programs. 5. If it has validity, the disruptive idea is discussed in various venues and starts to gain support. 6. The organization recognizes support shifting in favor of the disrupter's idea and embraces the idea and/or says it supported the idea all along, thus co-opting it. 7. The disrupter is recognized as a genius, thought leader, or cutting-edge guru, creating the transformation from rebel (i.e., outsider) to accepted member (i.e., one of us) who is included in the leadership structure. Examples Disruptive leaders have changed our world-but their ideas are often met with skepticism and resistance. The following individuals were marginalized because of their nontraditional actions: ■ Rosa Parks. She refused to give up her bus seat, and, as a result, raised the stakes in the fight for equality. ■ Steve Jobs. He's a status-quo changer for reasons you're already aware of as you read this article on your iPad or listen to music on your iPhone. ■ Howard Schultz. This Starbucks CEO charged a premium price for coffee and expanded the coffeeshop market. ■ Garth Brooks. He marketed his music outside of mainstream delivery methods and "exclusive" agreements with retailers, creating a new norm. ■ Elon Musk. This Tesla Motors CEO made his electric car technology available to the automotive industry for free with the goal of increasing electric car production to eliminate pollution from fossil-fuel-powered auto engines. Not all disruptive ideas need to have a global impact to be worthy of consideration. Being receptive to local disruptive voices can provide great benefits and have a positive impact on your program.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

Editor’s Note
Questions & Answers
Take Note
From the Director
Building a Buzz
The Calm Created by Disruption
Giving Students a Voice
Middle Level Activities
Lessons for Leaders
Scholarships & Awards
Activities Exchange
Things to Do

Leadership for Student Activities - January 2015, NHS & NJHS Edition

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