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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is Your Employer a Neanderthal When It Comes to Working in a Virtual Environment?

Is Your Employer a Neanderthal When It Comes to Working in a Virtual Environment?
by Pierre Coupet

Is your employer a Neanderthal when it comes to working in a virtual environment? I must admit that we've come a long way from where we used to be 21 years ago since the web started to bloom, and yet, disappointingly so, we have so much farther to go.

E-commerce Predictions Yield Lackluster Results
Why is that, you might ask? That's because 20 years ago I was predicting that every single organization, from the one-person-shop to the largest organization in the world, would have a website and that most, if not all, e-commerce transactions would be conducted on the internet.

Well, the first part of this statement is obviously true, however, with respect to e-commerce, we are woefully way behind where I thought we would be today.

Virtual Workforce Predictions Yield Disappointing Results
With respect to the workforce, by now I expected a minimum of 80% of employers would have ditched these huge skyscrapers and other office buildings in favor of a well-disciplined virtual workforce armed to the teeth with the virtual organization management discipline. Instead only a couple of hundred out of millions of companies have embarked down that road. I thought that would have been a no-brainer.

Enlightened Workforce Cries Neanderthal
Instead, what I hear from the regular folks out there in the heartland--or netherworld as others would lead me to believe--is "how Neanderthal their boss or employer is for making them get into that rush-hour traffic just so they can do something that can easily be done from home with today's technology."

That sentiment is usually followed by a variation of the following type of remark: "I am not a loafer or slacker and (s)he knows it. I am a hard worker and I do take my job and reputation seriously. So I can't understand what the problem is. So, Pierre what kind of advice can you give me?"

Being the founder of the modern virtual organization management and virtual organization recruitment disciplines pioneered since 1997, that's where I get into a lot of hot water with people who thought they were talking with someone who had a sympathetic ear; someone who would (and should) readily agree--if not outright commiserate--with them. Alright, I am not going to go into the details of what I used to say to those disappointed folks that got me into so much hot water, but the bottom line is this: both sides have 100% legitimate reasons for their positions.  And who in the world wants to hear that?

Solution to Stalemate Between Neanderthal Boss and Enlightened Employee
That's when I decided to do something about that in late 2012 - which was to come up with an independent third-party solution that would satisfy both parties: the Neanderthal employer and the Enlightened but frustrated employee. Taking matters into my own hands, I decided to establish a "virtual organization aptitude assessment solutions" provider, a neutral and independent third party that an employer or boss could rely on in order to assess whether or not a particular employee "has the potential to adapt and thrive in either a 'virtual' or 'virtual organization' environment."

This means that from now on any employer or boss anywhere in the world can make a very sound and objective decision free from any biases or prejudices with respect to any employee or subordinate's request to work in a virtual environment.

The Employer Is No Longer a Neanderthal
As for the employee, the boss is no longer a Neanderthal and is now favorably looked upon as being also enlightened, fair and impartial regardless of the outcome of the "virtual organization aptitude assessment." If the results of the virtual organization aptitude assessment corroborate the employee's stand, then the happier the employee and the employer will be.

On the other hand, should the results prove otherwise, then both parties will, at the very least, know where the deficiencies lie and the employee will have an opportunity to begin to work toward making the necessary improvements needed to pass the next time around. That is, of course, assuming that the employer or boss gives the employee a second shot at paradise.

In Conclusion
So, what does an Enlightened employee tell a Neanderthal boss who cringes at the thought of letting (h)er work in a virtual or virtual organization environment? Assess Me!


About Author: Pierre Coupet, CEO & Q of Virtual Organization Management is the founder of Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI), VOMI Virtual Organization Academy, and Virtual Organization Recruiter; and is also the founder of the modern virtual organization management and virtual organization recruitment disciplines pioneered since 1997. Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com or via  CHAT.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Appointment of Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Prof. Dr. Robert Hockin as Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.    

Dr. Robert Hockin brings over 20 years of corporate management, management consulting and not-for profit experience to his role as adjunct faculty in business at Capella University and the DBA Program at Walden University.
 

He has mentored over 42 learners to completion of their doctorates, has served on over 250 learner committees and continues to mentor numerous graduate learners. He has served on the Board of Examiners for the MN Quality Award and Malcolm Baldrige National Award for Excellence for several years as an evaluator and judge.
 

Dr. Hockin was a Senior Advisor, Office of CEO at AARP;  Senior Consulting Manager, Bearing Point; Vice President of  Business Development, JZM, Inc.; Key Account Principal, IBM Global Services; Vice President Research Operations, Stratis Health; and Director National Accounts Strategic Business Unit, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, Inc.

His consulting career also includes working with Fortune 1000 companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies such as: The Prudential, IBM, Chrysler, State Farm, Delta Airlines, Citibank, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), BCBSMN, Department of Homeland Security, MN Dept of Human Services, Wellpoint Pharmacy Services, Blue Cross of California, Fairview Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente, and numerous others.

He holds a Ph.D. and an MA in Sociology/Social Psychology, University of Minnesota; a BA in Psychology, Moravian College; and an Executive Certificate, University of Pennsylvania–The Wharton School of Business.



Contact Information:  rjhockin@virtualorganizationinstitute.com

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Appointment of Dennis Obi Ekunie as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Mr. Dennis Obi Ekunie, Group Managing Director of Atlantic Oil & Gas Exploration & Developing Co. Limited, Atlantic Shipping & Logistics Development Co. Limited, and Atlantic Construction & Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Nigeria on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.   

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Appointment of Dr. William Messier as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Dr. William Messier, Head of Digital Assets, Oakley, as Honorary Global Ambassador, USA on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.  

Appointment of Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Chaudhry Imtiaz Hussain, Senior Advocate/Attorney-at-Law, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Pakistan  on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board. 


 

Appointment of Ekkapon Yuangnark as Honorary Global Ambassador, Thailand

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Ekkapon Yuangnark, Managing Director, Thai Summit International Legal Consultant Ltd., as Honorary Global Ambassador, Thailand on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board. 


 

Appointment of Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternes as Honorary Global Ambassador, Germany

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternes, Chair and Professor of International Communication Management, SRH International Management University Berlin, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Germany  on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board. 


 

Appointment of Prof. Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani as Honorary Global Ambassador, India

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Prof. Dr. Hardik Vachhrajani, Associate Professor (Strategy & Innovation), Amrita University as Honorary Global Ambassador, India on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board. 
 

The New Virtual Organization World Constitution

The New Virtual Organization World Constitution
by Pierre Coupet

We are all witnessing the dawn of a new era I call The New Virtual Organization World.   The status quo in place is no longer sustainable in terms of dealing with the current and future challenges that we are bound to face in this new era.

Therefore, we have a unique responsibility and opportunity to help shape this future that lies ahead for all of us.   Instead of allowing others to decide for us how we will live and fare and be governed, or to only allow us to provide some input after the decisions have been made for us, let all of us make our own ground rules and set these standards for ourselves in The New Virtual Organization World Constitution.

I invite you to read My Vision of The New Virtual Organization World in order to gain an understanding of this vision and the scope of the project that lies ahead.

If you share this vision, I invite you to become one of the original drafters and framers of The New Virtual Organization World Constitution.

Contact VOMI directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com or via CHAT  for more details on how you can be part of this exciting and groundbreaking project.

About Author:   Pierre Coupet, CEO & Q of Virtual Organization Management is the founder of Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI), VOMI Virtual Organization Academy, and Virtual Organization Recruiter; and is also the founder of the modern virtual organization management discipline and virtual organization recruitment discipline pioneered since 1997. Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com or via CHAT.

Appointment of Rameline Kamga as Honorary Global Ambassador, Republic of Congo

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of  Rameline Kamga, Founder and Managing Director, CRCI Task Force, as Honorary Global Ambassador, Republic of Congo on the Global Ambassadors Committee of  VOMI Global Think Tank and Advisory Board.