Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Is Your Organization Ready for a COOP Event? Time for Virtual Organization Leadership ... for Everyone

The New Virtual Organization World
It's a New Principled World, It's Virtual, and It's Organized



by Pierre Coupet 

Here in the USA, GSA (Government Services Administration) has been at the forefront of the promotion and implementation of mobility and telework within all government agencies.   As well, the US government has had a Cloud First Policy in place which was instituted in 2011 by its very first then-U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra.

Businesses Are Lagging Behind
But as strange as it may seem because most of us would probably think it would be the other way around,  businesses as well as state, county, city and local governments are lacking way behind the federal government when it comes to implementing a robust mobile and virtual workforce, let alone a virtual organization workforce.   On a side note, at the risk of drawing the ire of whomever came up with the word "telework",  this is just too antiquated a word for me to use in my own writings; except when used in reference to when or how the term is actually used by others - as is the case in this article.  So, let us move on.

Working in a Virtual Environment  is Not for Everyone 
However, that being said, working in a virtual (telework) environment  or virtual organization environment is NOT for everyone. As well, in case of a major man-made or natural disaster, or other Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) event or Judgment Day, having a virtual workspace or virtual collaboration capabilities, on its own, may not be sufficient if you are dealing with a prolonged disaster of magnitude proportions. In which case, being able to LEAD in a  virtual organization environment - not just virtual or telework environment  - will be required of all Executives and Managers; something which is easier said than done.

Who Will LEAD in a Virtual Organization Environment?
Knowing who will be able to LEAD in a  virtual organization environment  when a prolonged disaster of magnitude proportions strikes is not something that should be left to chance or a roll of the dice; taken with a grain of salt;  or  "we'll cross that bridge when we get there" mentality.   This is something that you should plan for and know well in advance, and these individuals should be assigned to Elite Virtual Organization Teams on Standby,  ready to be activated within a second's notice regardless of where in the world they happen to be.

After all, as much as I hate to burst anyone's bubble and as distressing as it may sound to some of you, just because someone is an awesome brick-and-mortar,  social media or social networking executive with superb leadership skills,  and commands the respect and admiration of their peers and subordinates in a brick and mortar or even remote workforce environment;   does NOT necessarily mean that this executive is well-suited to lead in a 100% virtual or virtual organization environment.    As a matter of fact, at the risk of alienating the very audience I seek to impart my knowledge to and assist, I will even venture to say, based on empirical evidence acquired over the past 16 years since I have founded the virtual organization management discipline,  that, in the absence of having obtained formal training in the virtual organization management discipline,  you are most likely ill-suited to LEAD in a virtual organization environment.
        
How to Select These Virtual Organization Leaders
The question then becomes, 'How will you know, or how do you know, who these Virtual Organization Leaders are?"  Well, this is not something that you learn on the fly or, as the expression goes, knowledge that you gain by watching your brick and mortar or remote workforce 'fly by the seat of their pants.'    Why is that,  you might say?   That's because there is a huge difference between social networking,  'teleworking', working in a 'virtual' environment, and working in a 'virtual organization' environment -  something which obviously falls outside the scope of this discussion.    Therefore, when these Virtual Organization Leaders are called upon to perform at a critical time, it is absolutely imperative that there be no room for error or margin for failure due to Trial-and-Error or "doing the best they can under the circumstances."   That will not be good enough. 

It's one thing to be caught off guard due to a lack of knowledge or information; but it's a completely different matter to ignore the warnings from those who have been in the trenches.

Therefore, here is the answer:

Train, Assess and Certify.     Schedule ALL Senior Level Executives in your organization (that you consider Essential Personnel from a Continuity of Operations Plan standpoint) for the formal Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training, Assessment, and Certification  and official award of the Virtual Organization Leadership Executive designation.

Absent this formal Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training, Assessment and Certification, the only possible outcome that you will have during a COOP event or on Judgment Day is "Virtual Chaos."  Social networking and social media will only exacerbate the problem and make it go viral.     

In an Ideal World
Ideally speaking, all essential employees, not just Managers and Executives,  should undergo, at the very least, a Virtual Organization Aptitude Assessment in order to determine which ones are able to adapt and thrive in a virtual organization environment;   so that, in the event of any sort of crisis, emergency or disaster,   you can have a readily available pool of employees and personnel who are able to adapt and thrive in a "virtual organization" - not just virtual or telework - environment.   After all, your newly minted Virtual Organization Leadership Executives will also need to have in place support personnel they can rely on when they need them the most. 

Summary 
In conclusion, it's not enough to have a remote workforce, globally distributed teams, or flexible workforce strategy in place and being in the Cloud since disaster comes in various shapes, forms and magnitudes.    We must always be prepared for the very worst as we hope for the very best, and that, my friends, requires a great deal of effort and serious preparation.    Thus, the time for Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training, Assessment and Certification is Now instead of something that can be put on a back burner for future consideration.

About VOR:     Virtual Organization Recruiter is the world's leading and only virtual organization aptitude assessment firm that is strictly focused on the assessment, training and certification of senior executives and mid-level professionals, military-intelligence-defense  personnel, public policy executives, government officials, academics and faculty members who are able to adapt and thrive - and Lead - in a 100% virtual or virtual organization environment.







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:: founder of the modern virtual organization management and virtual organization recruitment disciplines pioneered since 1997:: founder of League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives:: and Architect of THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection. Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com; or via CHAT.

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Copyright 2007-2016.  Pierre Coupet.  VOMI. Virtual Organization Management Institute. VOMI Virtual Organization Academy.  Virtual Organization Recruiter.  All rights reserved.  Cannot be reproduced without permission.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives

The New Virtual Organization World
It's a New Principled World, It's Virtual, and It's Organized






October 11, 2016.    The League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives has now reached full membership capacity.

We have a limit of 50 members worldwide. Applicants beyond the current limit will be placed on a waiting list. View information about the League.




Additional Information

To learn more about or become one of the Architects of The New Virtual Organization World, you are welcome to view and join one of the following: The New Virtual Organization World Consortium:: Virtual Campus Dormitory Consortium :: Virtual Residential Community Consortium :: VOMI Executive-In-Residence :: League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives :: The New Virtual Organization World Collection :: Just a small sample of what The New Virtual Organization World is all about!

Pierre Coupet
League Founder
League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives






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 :: and Architect of THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection. Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com; or via CHAT.

Stock Photo: courtesy of Pixabay

Copyright 2007-2016.  Pierre Coupet.  VOMI. Virtual Organization Management Institute. Virtual Organization Recruiter.  All rights reserved.  Cannot be reproduced without permission.

THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection

The New Virtual Organization World
It's a New Principled World, It's Virtual, and It's Organized



By Pierre Coupet


I am very pleased to introduce THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection to the world at large. It's a living, breathing and growing collection of events, happenings, and anything else that you can think of which has to do with the world of virtual organizations I call:: The New Virtual Organization World.

This collection is designed to answer the one question that everybody has:  What is the New Virtual Organization World?   So instead of having to listen to an oral defense of a dissertation, all you have to do is just dig in and start going over the information provided in that collection.  Just use the "Find" feature in your browser in order to locate the information you seek.  

It is the only such collection about The New Virtual Organization World anywhere in the world.  It is a priceless collection based on an accumulation of over 20 years of blood, sweat and tears developing and promoting  the concept, development, infrastructure and universal benefits of  The New Virtual Organization World - a world we are all headed toward whether we want to or not.

To learn more about or become one of the Architects of The New Virtual Organization World,  you are welcome to view and join one of the following:   The New Virtual Organization World Consortium :: Virtual Campus Dormitory Consortium :: Virtual Residential Community Consortium ::  VOMI Executive-In-Residence :: League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives ::    Just a small sample of what The New Virtual Organization World is all about!

In Conclusion

Welcome and proceed directly to::  The New Virtual Organization World Collection :: go there as often as you want :: and be sure to share this valuable collection with your followers, friends, colleagues and associates.   They will thank you for it!







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; Architect of  THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection ; 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.

Stock Photo: courtesy of Pixabay

Copyright 2016.  Pierre Coupet.  VOMI. Virtual Organization Management Institute. Virtual Organization Recruiter.  All rights reserved.  Cannot be reproduced without permission.

TOP SECRET DISCLOSURE:: Google+: A So-Cocoon of The New Virtual Organization World


The New Virtual Organization World
It's a New Principled World, It's Virtual, and It's Organized


Back on August 2, 2015 Seth Fiegerman wrote this scathing article in Mashable.com  about the failure (and eventual demise) of Google+ :: Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook ::

I must admit that, on the surface and in light of the evidence presented before him,  he was correct and right on point about all his assertions.   Alright, I know you're waiting for the "But..." part of what I have to say, so here it is:

Although Seth was correct, what he ::as well as Vic Gundotra, the architect of Google+; Kent Walker, Google's General Counsel; and everybody else out there in Google Land:: did not know - and couldn't have possibly known at the time - is that, in fact, Google has been  building some of the most critical components of  The New Virtual Organization World blindly - without even a clue that they have been in fact engaged in that endeavor.      

In other words, Google has been unconsciously and subliminally building a huge number  of "Cocoonsof  The New Virtual Organization World - Google+ being one of these Cocoons.    In fact, if you were to ask anyone at Google or Alphabet,  "What is The New Virtual Organization World?",   not one living soul there would be able to answer that question.  You'd be able to hear a pin drop in the room.

Why is that, you might say?   That's because you cannot achieve what you can't conceive!

In other words, they are an innovative "Die-Hard Brick and Mortar" organization with a long stream of very brilliant and innovative "Die-Hard Brick and Mortar Executives" at the upper echelons of the organization.   However, that being said, they cannot conceive this world of virtual organizations I call:: The New Virtual Organization World :: although, in fact,  they have been building part of the shell (a bunch of Cocoons) for this world of virtual organizations ever since they first launched Google Apps back in August of 2006.  

What this means is that, they view Google Apps (Now G Suite) strictly as just another collaboration platform and lucrative source of revenues;  Google+ as just another social network and Facebook competitor;  Blogger as just another blogging platform; Google Glass as just another fancy, exciting and innovative gadget; Google Car as just another opportunity to diversify into a groundbreaking and potentially lucrative market; Google Fiber as just another potentially lucrative opportunity;  Google Youtube as just another video service and lucrative source of ad revenues;  Google Hangouts as a video conference platform that adds "stickiness" to Google+; Google Research as just another Innovation Center; as well as a host of other "Top Secret Black Projects" they are engaged in.   (Don't bother asking me anything about these top secret projects - your guess is as good as mine.) 

Taken overall, they view all these platforms, products and services merely as extensions and appendages of a brick and mortar organization instead of distinct and separate components of  this parallel world of virtual organizations I call:: The New Virtual Organization World.  Therein lies the disconnect, hence the reason for the inability to see the big picture and understand what it is that they are in fact building.

The bottom line is this:  The Google team is going in all directions, as if they are being guided by some unseen force; all of which point to The New Virtual Organization World destination.   To paraphrase the old biblical saying, "All roads lead to Damascus."

And Google+ is a crucial component (one of these Cocoons) of  The New Virtual Organization World although there are several other components of  The New Virtual Organization World that many others, VOMI including, are building.

Therefore, as time goes by, the value and importance of Google+ will slowly begin to emerge and the powers-that-be at Google and Alphabet will come to realize that Google+ is NOT a social network:: It is a social cocoon ("So-Cocoon") of The New Virtual Organization World  and  "In A League All By Itself."   

For comparison purposes, think of the difference between a heart grown in a lab and a heart inside a human body.   A social network is a heart grown in a lab - and can be sustained indefinitely through artificial means.   A So-Cocoon is a heart inside a human body - part of the total human body ecosystem and cannot just operate on its own.  

Therefore, Google+ should rebrand itself as the very first So-Cocoon of The New Virtual Organization World and leave the other social networks behind.      Google and Alphabet have my full permission to use the term So-Cocoon however they see fit.

To learn more about or become one of the Architects of The New Virtual Organization World,  you are welcome to view and join one of the following:   The New Virtual Organization World Consortium :: Virtual Campus Dormitory Consortium :: Virtual Residential Community Consortium ::  VOMI Executive-In-Residence :: League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives :: The New Virtual Organization World Collection ::   Just a small sample of what The New Virtual Organization World is all about!







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 :: and Architect of THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD Collection. Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com; or via CHAT.

Stock Photo: courtesy of Pixabay

Copyright 2007-2016.  Pierre Coupet.  VOMI. Virtual Organization Management Institute. Virtual Organization Recruiter.  All rights reserved.  Cannot be reproduced without permission.

            

           

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Innovation Challenge to All Heads of State

The New Virtual Organization World
It's a New Principled World, It's Virtual, and It's Organized



Notice to All Readers:   In order to read this article, you must make a commitment to share it with whomever you believe may be able to share it with others (a friend, colleague, associate, social network contact, social media guru,  member of the press, government official, etc.) so that the information contained herein eventually reaches one or more Heads of State in your region of the world.





Here Is My Innovation Challenge to All Heads of State:

Imagine being the leader of your country in an Alternate Universe and you've been entrusted to come up with a viable political, economic and governance model which is based  strictly on your country's existing and potential physical infrastructure, human resources, natural resources, environmental landscape, and topology.

In that Alternate Universe, your government cannot rely or depend on any of the following:
  • Foreign Aid
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Sovereign Debt 
  • War, Threat of War, or Involvement in Internal Destabilization Efforts Against Other Countries in order to plunder another country's resources or bend them to your will;  or be either a willing or unwilling participant in such efforts (e.g., participation in sanctions against other countries, etc.).
  • Sale of National Assets to Foreign Entities.
  • The Foreign Exchange Rate of Your National Currency.
  • The Benevolence and Goodwill of Other Countries.
  • Your Country's Rank on the Current Global Military Power Index.
  • Your Country's Rank on the Current Global Geopolitical Leadership Index.
  • Your Country's Size and Population. 

Challenge Instructions :: 

1)  To Heads of State Only:   How will you make do with what you have, survive and even prosper?   Assign some of your country's best minds toward the development of this viable political, economic and governance model.

2)  To Readers of This Challenge:  If you consider yourself one of your country's brightest minds and would like your country's leader to accept this challenge so you can participate in it, then you are welcome to use your own "brilliant and innovative" thinking-out-of-the-box initiatives in order to get the word out to your leader.

3)  All Parties:  No additional information will be provided; nor will I respond to any inquiries regarding this challenge.   Use your best judgment on how to proceed.

Challenge Acceptance Deadline ::   NONE.    Just  formally notify me of your official decision to participate in this challenge at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com.     This notification must come directly from your office via an official government email account.  All notification from other sources are considered null and void.

Due Date of Governance Model ::  NONE.   Upon completion, just submit to chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com.  All governance model information submitted must come directly from your office via an official government email account.  All documents received from other sources are considered invalid and will automatically be rejected.

Winner Determination ::   All serious Head of State participants whose governance model have met our challenge requirements are considered Winners.

Winner Notification and Announcement ::  Each participating Head of State  and country team members will be formally notified within 30 days of receipt of their governance model.   The results will simultaneously be made public on the home page of VOMI and broadcast to our vast global social network.

Winner's Award ::  The participating Head of State will automatically receive a personal invitation to apply for an exclusive membership in the League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives .  (Membership in the League is limited to a maximum of 50 world leaders and executives worldwide.)       

Let the Challenge begin!

Pierre Coupet
League Founder
& Distinguished Member
League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives


About Author:   Pierre Coupet, Q of Virtual Organization Management is the founder of Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI) ::  Architect of  THE NEW VIRTUAL ORGANIZATION WORLD :: and is also the founder of the modern virtual organization management and virtual organization recruitment disciplines pioneered since 1997.   He is also the author of  A Global Need for Principled Geopolitical Leaders  and founder of  League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives:: Contact directly at chairman@virtualorganizationinstitute.com or via CHAT

Credits:  Stock photo courtesy of  Pixabay.com

Copyright 2016.  Pierre Coupet.  League of Virtual Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives.  VOMI.  Virtual Organization Management Institute.  All rights reserved.    Cannot be reproduced without permission.