In this world ridden with fast-paced change, high stress factors, and issues of outcome, productivity, and accountability, difference makers are the thought leaders, the champions, the mentors, and the guides to organizational and systemic change. There is much buzz in social media about the role of leaders and the importance of affecting change. Positive thinking, open-minded leaders push beyond the norm, the comfort zone. This poem is dedicated to those who are change agents and those who wish to make a difference in this 21st century world. They are those who dare to be the game changers who do not settle for the status quo in order to positively impact their professional world.
Who are these 21st Century difference makers?
ordinary human beings,
true to themselves,
ethical individuals who
are not hindered by egocentrism.
They are the men and women
who feel the rhythm of life's balance,
the pulse beat of positivity,
and the energy of serving others.
How do they engage in their daily tasks?
They live in the present,
envisioning avenues of change
to move gingerly forward,
always with reflective action.
Creatively they problem solve
in the midst of mild chaos
or internal discord.
They lead with clarity of thought
and model collaborative energy.
Lifework and teamwork are
promoted and encouraged.
Why do we need difference makers?
Difference makers are
the change agents,
the thought provocateurs,
the prophets of positivity,
the guides to tomorrow,
and the leaders of today.
They are strong individuals
who do not stand in
waters of mediocrity,
polluted by the
stagnation of negativity.
They dare to be courageous,
leaders with a growth mindset,
promoting positive thinking
in the workplace.
They are the purposeful managers,
the visionaries who understand
the function of missteps
with reflective action
as the steppingstones on
the path to successful change.
What makes a difference maker stand out as a courageous champion of change?
Grit and resilience-
strength of character-
vision, creative problem solving-
communication, and collaboration-
these ingredients must exist
amongst other traits.
The recipe can't be botched.
These skills and traits are necessary
for learners to lead and transfer
knowledge as they assess,
apply, and move forward on
the road to applicable change.
Why is there a pressing urgency for a flank of difference makers?
Difference makers are
needed to change the tides
of fear, status quo, and comfort zones.
Difference makers are growing in numbers
across the globe
and across occupations.
Stand tall as one of many individuals
who has the power to make a difference!
This post is written in response to two challenges:
- Day 18 of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge at Two Writing Teachers.
- Heidi Mordhorst's Forward...March Ch Poetry Challenge at my juicy little universe with the word botch as today's word (the "ch" words, change and chaos, are woven into the poem).