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.
Who Will LEAD in a Virtual Organization Environment?
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.
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 - a 2-step process:
1. Assess. All your Managers and Executives must undergo a Virtual Organization Aptitude Assessment in order to determine which ones are able to adapt and thrive in a virtual organization environment; and,
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
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