Last night I interviewed Steven Covey, author of The SPEED OF TRUST. You can listen to the interview here: Recording Download Link We discussed how Trust is a major factor in all business and work. It's absence slows things down and raises costs-- or brings things to a complete stop.
Rush Limbaugh and his ideological allies in the Republican Party argue that they are hoping Obama will fail. They attack every step of Obama's efforts to turn the economy around. They don't understand that the economic threat to the future of America is far worse than any Al Qaeda threat. Instead, they choose to advocate FOR their failed ideology by attacking Obama's efforts. The thing is, Obama's efforts are now the United States' efforts and when they root for Obama's failure and attack his efforts, they are attacking the people's hopes, confidence and trust.
The fact is that we are seeing the failure of trust when we see the absence of liquidity in lending between banks. We're seeing failure of trust when small businesses can no longer borrow to finance receivables. We needed the $700 billion bailout and the $780 stimulus, but they were not enough. Without trust, the money doesn't move. As one twitterer, Robert Lett said, "Scared money makes no money."
The Republican party's level of trust is at record lows. A poll reported yesterday shows the Democratic party with a 48% level and the Republican party with a 20% level. Their efforts to take back their power are failing-- losing them trust, but worse, intentionally sabotaging the trust of the nation in the efforts of the nation's leadership.
To turn around the Republican Party's plummetting fortunes, and to help America recover, the GOP must find new ways to assert their values-- ways that do not attempt to undermine the nation's efforts to turn the economic crisis around.
Covey told me that the way he counsels the organizations he consults for is to first start from the inside out-- self trust, then relationship trust, then organizational trust. And he agreed it's a totally bottom-up sequence.
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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