Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Fallacy of Building Trust in a Virtual Environment

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The Fallacy of Building Trust in a Virtual Environment
By Pierre Coupet

How many times have you read or heard this from so-called virtual management gurus, experts and consultants?:  "We need to first 'build trust' in a virtual or virtual organization environment so that
...blah, blah, blah."  That's nothing but fairy tale and bedtime stories for little children.  Nothing but a load of crap.

The truth is just the opposite:  "You should never attempt to either build trust or rely on trust in order to successfully operate in a virtual organization environment."    

That's what the virtual organization management discipline is there for, and is all about:  Best practices, policies and procedures for operating and leading in a virtual or 100% virtual organization environment .  A discipline I have founded and pioneered since 1997. 

The reasons for not wanting to build trust are so many that it would take an entire book for me to make the case.  However, I can give you one simple clue as to why:  human nature, human fallibility, and human frailties.    

So, next time you come across a virtual, virtual team, virtual organization or virtual management consultant or expert who wants to advise you on how to set up a virtual workforce, ask that person this one trick question:   How do you build trust in a virtual or virtual organization environment?   

If he/she even attempts to answer that question, then you don't need me to tell you what to do next.  If you have wings, just fly away as far as you can from that person.


About Author:  Pierre Coupet, Q of VOM, is the founder of Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI), Virtual Organization Management Institute Repository,  VOMI Global Think Tank VOMI Virtual Organization AcademyVirtual Organization LeadershipVirtual Organization AdvisorsVirtual Organization RecruiterDigital Currency Consortium, Digital Currency Ethical Board,  Virtual Organization JobsVirtual Organization  Executives, and Blockchain Executives :: founder of the modern virtual organization management and virtual organization recruitment disciplines pioneered since 1997:: founder of League of Extraordinary Virtual Organization Executives:: and Lead Architect of  Futuristic City-State Enclave Based On a Civilized World Financial SystemContact Online.   

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