[amsat-bb] AMSAT and Volunteerism

Devin L. Ganger devin at thecabal.org
Mon Dec 5 18:31:32 UTC 2016

There's a difference between criticism and constructive criticism, AKA feedback.

All of the successful organizations I've been with (commercial and volunteer) had regular post-mortems and feedback loops. Doing so properly means the gathering of feedback is part of the after-action, and that the feedback is solicited AND welcome, appropriately scoped, and most importantly, focused on the "WHAT did/didn't work, WHAT problems did it solve/create, HOW do we continue/fix it" aspects and not the personalities or politics.

Devin L. Ganger (WA7DLG)
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-----Original Message-----
From: AMSAT-BB [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On Behalf Of Robert Bruninga
Sent: Monday, December 5, 2016 8:59 AM
To: AMSAT-BB at amsat.org
Subject: [amsat-bb] AMSAT and Volunteerism

Friend speaks my mind.

And Criticism -never- achieves anything in Amateur Radio or other Volunteer organizations.  It accomplishes -nothing- but rile up everyone in frustration.

Please learn, the way to change things is to get involved and DO SOMETHING, LEAD in another direction. Make progress.  Contribute.  And "contribute"
does not mean kibitzing and complaining and standing in the way.  That accomplishes nothing in volunteer organizations and is not what is meant by "get involved"...

Watching every ham radio club, and church or other volunteer organization over my 55 years of Ham radio, it is abundantly clear.  Things only happen by volunteer individuals taking personal initiative and trying to move or lead towards progress.  (usually despite a chorus of complainers and ankle biters)..

If one is not leading, or if no one is following you, please, get out of the way and support those who are going in a direction you can be comfortable with. Shooting everyone in front of you in-the-back does not help progress.

My 2 cents.  Bob, WB4APR

-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Robert McGwier
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] AMSAT Symposium

I personally believe that False News is damaging.  It cannot be allowed to
go unanswered.  In many eyes,  silence is an admission of guilt.   When
someone, says something about AMSAT that is false, I feel the officers of AMSAT have a duty to respond publicly.  As a mid-point between silence and taking the individual to task,  I would make it a public statement and never mention the individual.

On the symposium, AMSAT did not pay for it.  AMSAT paid for the board of directors to go to Galveston and hold a board meeting in a hotel.  It would have done that no matter where we assembled.  No board activities were held on the ship.  The symposium was attended by board, officers, members, interested persons, and guests.  Each of us paid for the cruise out of our pockets.  I certaintly did not ask AMSAT to pay for my drinks or my side trip to Chichen Nitza.  😇

The heated rhetoric and banter are not helpful and we should avoid them.  I learned that the hard way getting to be 63 years old.

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