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It is easier to criticize and find fault than to see a positive vision and support and encourage it.

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It is easier to criticize and find fault than to see a positive vision and support and encourage it. There are a thousand people happy to shoot down an idea for every one who comes up with fresh ideas.


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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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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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Rob, I too have had my share of dealing with "Divine Discontents" but I do understand the frustrations involved for those with vision/s, implementing them and sustaining them. For example there is a phrase in the US constitution "To form a more perfect union" that is such a vision on a Grand Scale. I relate to these processes as a "Constant Process Improvement/s", indeed a never ending journey/s filled with "Divine Discontents", "Nay Sayers" and other obstacles due to the resistance of change and many other self-defeating vehicles embedded in the human psyche.

It is only by a change in the culture personally or in groups that such vision/s can be pursued with the positive outcome/s as a reinforcement/s of faith in such processes being successful and perpetual progress/s being made. Is there a simple sentence, or picture phrase/s that will bring solutions? No, it is not that simple but the vision must come first and without buy in by those who can implement such changes it never happens. If these first two are accomplished then a required sense of urgency needs to happen as a driving force to succeed in the endeavor/s.

For those who may be struggling in these matters personally or in a group as a primer, I would recommend "Our Iceberg Is Melting" on changing and succeeding under any conditions by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber which can be read in under an hour but revisited for years in going forward in any never ending journey one would undertake. Is this book alone the secret/s to success? No but one must take the first step for the rest to follow.

I digress, in the forward by Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of "Who Moved My Cheese?"

Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard Business School's John Kotter, it can help you and your colleagues thrive during tough times.

On an iceberg near the coast of Antarctica, a group of beautiful emperor penguins live as they have for many years. Then one curious bird discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home and almost no one listens to him.

The characters in the story Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo are like people you probably recognize in your own organization, including yourself. Their tale is one of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. The penguins offer an inspiring model as we all struggle to adapt to new circumstances.

Our Iceberg Is Melting is based on John Kotter's pioneering research into the eight steps that can produce needed change in any sort of group. After finishing the story, you'll have a powerful framework for influencing your own team, no matter how big or small.

Note: Rob if you would forward a mailing address to me I will forward a personal copy to you.

Best regards and you will find out how to deal with No No's (Divine Discontents) or at least understand them from another viewpoint at least. Thank you for your bottom up approach and understanding in your vision of forming a more perfect union which is a different study from Culture Change needed to implement the vision.

"One need not remind me of my failures, I am aware of them" by an unknown aware humanist"""

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George King

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There was a chapter in one of Dale Carnegie's many books about a businessman who was totally frustrated by the meetings he had every week. Nothing but complaints about everything wrong. He gave it a good deal of thought and came up with a solution. Everyone who came in with a complaint, and they were encouraged to do so, had to offer three or four solutions that would be discussed. He claimed it worked wonders and many problems were solved!

I tried to introduce that in one elementary school I worked in but it got shot down by that particular idiot principal in a hurry. But a great idea, I still contend!

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Of course, I recognize this as going to the Gemba. Gemba Kaizen is a scientific concept of continuous improvement designed for enhancing processes and reducing waste. Within a lean context, Gemba simply refers to the location where value is created, while Kaizen relates to improvements.

Some refer to it as going to the place where the work is actually performed. One can see where this invokes a bottom up solution for processes and entire organizations when one has the eyes to see.

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