1. Angela

    Thanks, again, George, for your insightful blog. I am currently that “naysayer of the status quo” in my environment, and I am viewed as an “alien” in my building. Hopefully soon, I can be a part of the conversations that I am currently left out of in my very traditional setting!

  2. Tony

    Once again, you hit the nail on the head. This is something I am struggling with in my workspace on a daily basis. For example, I have become quite active on Twitter over the last year and am excited about the connections it is allowing me to nurture with our community and families. Unfortunately, not all of my colleagues see it the same way and are becoming the NAYSAYERS about social media and the need for policies, limitations, etc. Reading your piece has given me some food for thought – these people need to have a voice for their position and hopefully we can work together to come to comfortable place for all as I am sure they see me as a NAYSAYER for the opposite reasons. Thank you George!

  3. Denise

    Listening is critical agreed. How to take the notions and ideas and mull them about to help make a difference in my role as administrator, that is the challenge-or shall I say, the learning for me. Thanks for the blog!

  4. Welcome to Chicago George. One of the beautiful things about my PLN is I am typically viewed as a naysayer locally, but get support and validation from the folks in my network. Sometimes, the evidence that I filter from my PLN is strong enough to help me convince folks that I am not as antagonistic as I may initially seem. Hope that we cross paths at ASCD. Thank you for fostering thoughtful exchanges such as these.

  5. Great post! It made we question though if picking the time and place to be a naysayer is just as important as challenging the status quo. Where does that fit into your thoughts? Should we pick our spots about when we are naysayer’s or just move ahead?

  6. Jon David Groff

    I appreciate the reminder that each of us at times, for certain issues are naysayers as well; we all want to be heard. I wonder if part of the reason naysayers and antagonists get such a bad rap is not solely because of their contrary opinion but perhaps more so because of the negative attitude brought to the conversation. I understand this has nothing to do with your argument that naysayers and antagonists should be included in our conversations. And I think you are absolutely correct. However, perhaps when we are the naysayer we could gain more voice by checking the attitude at the door and approaching the situation with an attitude of sharing perspectives.

  7. Adam Stockman

    In my experience, the naysayers actually long to be a believers. Their level of skepticism is simply higher than most. But if you can convince them (or at the very least prove to them they’ve been heard and considered) you will have lifelong allies.

  8. Rayleen Eberl

    Thank you George for the interesting perspective. You have opened my mind to another aspect of change. Prior to reading your post I would have considered myself the ally but now I feel like I’m the antagonist when trying to bring about change for our students. I feel you can have both or be both however a naysayer in my mind would deny or halt change just because of their negative attitude, whereas an antagonist isn’t necessarily negative, just oppositional. I agree both need to be listened to but how do we move the naysayer out of the negative thinking? Thank you for the sharing Eric’s topic and your learning from it. It gives me a different perspective from which to see things. I hope you enjoyed the conference, I sure did!

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