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OSM - Say Nothing...Do Nothing...Be Nothing!

07 Feb 2012
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Back from the 75-85° weather in Costa Rica, Panama, Antilles, Bahamas, Aruba, and Cura?ao to face the 6 to 12" of snow that fell just a few days ago. Yccch! Nice and relaxing cruise though. And, what do I find? Why, absolutely nothing at all. Nothing has changed at the OSM camp.

  • No meeting minutes since November 15, 2011. Ought to have at least December's minutes and, I would argue, January, 2012 as well. Update: Somebody is reading something. December minutes were published today 2/8/2012.
  • No financial reports since October, 2011. How about November and December. Or, for that matter, January?
  • No 1120 Federal income tax report since 2009. Come on, let's see 2010 at least.

So, OSM's method of avoidance is silence. See the comment from Peter on the previous blog. Come on OSM, don't you think we recognize what you have been doing or to put it another way - not doing?

How many times in nearly every field of endeavor has it been true that silence could be traced to cowardice? There are times when it is our obligation to speak up and tell the truth. Many times those who should speak out and warn of issues remain silent because they are afraid or fear that they might hurt someone's feelings. Such silence is far from being golden, "it is just plain yellow" (Jan Kemp). While silence can be an effective tool, as avoidance for taking responsibility - not so much.

  • To escape criticism…say nothing, do nothing…be nothing. ~~ Elbert Hubbard
  • Silence, indifference, and inaction were Hitler's principal allies. ~~ Lord Jakobovits
  • Most silent men are silent because they haven't a thought in their heads and do not wish to be found out. ~~ George Jean Nathan
  • Silence has a suffocating, deadening effect. And the things that dies first is hope. ~~ Katie Sherrod [The Witness]
  • The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. ~~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • Silence is golden, but I must say that some of the most discreet and dignified fools that I have ever met have been those who never ventured an opinion on any subject. ~~ Josh Billings
  • Throughout history it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph. ~~ Haile Selassie
  • The cruelest lies are often told in silence. ~~ Robert Louis Stevenson
  • History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. ~~ Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name. ~~ Frank Medlicott

So, OSM, I have said it before:

  1. LISTEN for facts and feelings.
  2. COMMUNICATE assertively.
  3. Show TOLERANCE and respect.
  4. FOCUS on the issue.
  5. EXPECT the positive.

"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."

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David Huelsmann

Dave Huelsmann was Treasurer of Open Source Matters, Inc. from 2008 to July, 2010 and Joomla Forum Global Moderator from 2005 to November, 2010. Now retired, he was a senior healthcare executive who managed large and diverse clinical laboratory, radiology, electroencephalography, and centralized patient transport operations/departments in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies throughout the United States.

Dave was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam while attached to Seabee battalionmcb71

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