Making the Case for Virtual Organization Leadership .... for Everyone
He then went on to say a lot of things that were meant to convince me that I would be a fool to pass up this opportunity - just as I am now in the process of doing to you.
Well, like everybody else around me, being an imbecile and complete idiot about computer technology in general and having my head completely buried in the sand, I just couldn’t figure out why he was so excited about getting a personal computer for himself, especially when he didn’t even have a business, and why this was going to be the future.
(By the way, for those of you who are too young to realize this, back then there was a proliferation of “computer service providers” who charged a small fortune to small and midsize businesses for things that my 5-year old granddaughter is now able to do on her PC and iPhone.)
In other words, the way I then felt and reacted is the very same way that a lot of today’s so-called Pioneers, Investment Gurus, Organizational Management Gurus, Business Process Management Gurus, Top Leadership Gurus, Think-Out-of-The-Box Executives, Innovators, Visionary Leaders, Change Agents, Game Changers, Scientific Geniuses, Great Thinkers, Esteemed Academics, Brilliant Educators, Revolutionary Leaders, Legendary Policy-Makers, Legendary Civilian and Military Intelligence Executives, Legendary Military Warfare Doctrinaires and Tacticians :::: as well as just plain old regular folks around us and out there in the hinterland :::: feel and react when I mention the need for EVERYONE - from kindergarten level all the way up to Ph.D. level and beyond - to obtain Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training.
It’s extremely difficult for them to make the connection between Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training and whatever the hell it is that they are now doing.
On a Collision Course with The New Virtual Organization World
And, regrettably, for 99.5% of you who are now reading this article, there isn’t a damn thing that I can say or do to convince you that: 1) We are all heading toward a world of virtual organizations that I call “The New Virtual Organization World,” whether or not we want to acknowledge or believe it; 2) it’s a world that you cannot even imagine at this present time because it will totally transform our civilization in terms of the way we think, live and breathe; 3) it will radically and fundamentally affect the course of human evolution over the next hundreds, thousands, and perhaps millions of years; and last but not least, 4) it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when” we will ALL get there.
For example, Imagine Yourself being able to travel through time all the way back to the Stone Age. Now that you’re there, just imagine telling our ancestors what life will be like millions of years into the future. Cell Phones, Computers, Supercomputers, Internet, Websites, Email, Facebook, Linkedin, Hacking, Viruses, In Vitro Fertilization, Cosmetic Surgery, Transgender Surgery, Cars, Planes, Automatic Weapons, Nuclear Weapons, Tall Skyscrapers, Satellites, Spaceships, Gay Rights, Democracy.
In a real sense, I feel the same way that you’ve just imagined yourself :: around a bunch of cave people who cannot even fathom this future that I speak of; this world of virtual organizations I call “The New Virtual Organization World”; and the impact that it will have on them for hundreds, thousands, and millions of years.
Therefore, regardless of where on the totem pole we now stand, those who fail to understand this paradigm shift in the direction toward virtual organizations will be relegated to second-class, or bottom-feeder, status in The New Virtual Organization World.
The children who are born in The New Virtual Organization World will naturally fit in and take everything for granted; because they can’t possibly imagine that, once upon a time, their ancestors were that primitive and savage, and lived in such a completely different world.
Necessity: The Mother of The New Virtual Organization World
This world of virtual organizations is made possible by the constant and relentless bombardment of supernovas of innovation in technology and all the other sciences; and our need to make sense out of all this knowledge and technology in order to marshal and harness the resulting forces and apply them toward the betterment of all - not just for mankind but for all of creation.
By extension, the need for Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training for each and every single human being in every corner of the globe, starting at kindergarten level.
So now that I have gotten the attention of that one half of one percent (.5%) of you who want to know more, let me answer the very first four (4) questions that I know each and every single one of you has in mind, which are:
- Question # 1. When I look all around me, all I see are tons of small and large buildings, skyscrapers, malls and shopping centers, and millions of people traveling by plane or driving on the freeways and roads going to work every day. I can’t really imagine this world of virtual organizations that you call “The New Virtual Organization World” coming around anytime soon, and what it will even look like. This all sounds so futuristic to me.
So why should I pay any serious or immediate attention to what you are talking about rather than wait to cross that bridge when we get there?
- Question # 2. In terms of what I am doing right now, this very second, how does this Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training make a difference to me and my organization now?
- Question # 3. Let’s assume that you’ve been able to answer all my questions and convince me that this is the way to go, how will I be able to convince the powers-that-be ::: who are not so bright and innovative, after all ::: that this is the sort of investment that needs to be made now or else suffer the consequences?
- Question # 4. When can we all expect The New Virtual Organization World to arrive?
You will notice that these four (4) questions could apply to any kind of innovation or game changing technology, product or service. In fact, these were just about the same questions that I had when my brother Antonio first brought to me the idea of buying a PC for my business in 1981.
Question #1: So why should I pay any serious or immediate attention to what you are talking about rather than wait to cross that bridge when we get there?
Imagine that you’ve always lived on a planet where the sun shines 24 hours a day; and that’s the way it has always been as far as any human being has ever known. However, this one observant human being “with just too much time to kill on his hands” began to notice some very subtle changes in the planet’s atmosphere and weather patterns and, upon careful observation and deliberation, came to the conclusion that, sooner or later, the planet will begin to experience darkness during a significant period of the day.
Your choice is one of the following:
- Option 1. Disregard that information since it is so far-fetched that it strains credulity (99.50 - 99.99% of people would choose that option).
- Option 2. Take that information with a grain of salt and put it on a “low priority” list of things to review and examine when time affords (.50 - .99% of people would choose that option).
- Option 3. Take that information seriously, primarily because it strains credulity, and begin to take immediate steps to prepare for the coming period of darkness, whenever it comes into play (.01% of people would choose that option for the simple reason that they are NOT willing to take any chances and get caught unprepared - with their pants down, so to speak).
That’s when I made the decision that I would never make such a stupid mistake again. I began to pursue innovation (technological or otherwise) with a vengeance and never looked back since.
And when the World Wide Web and first popular graphical browser exploded onto the scene in February 1993, I drowned myself into learning how to build and offer websites to Southern Californians and the rest is, as we say, history.
Question #2: How does this Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training make a difference to me and my organization now?
This is neither hype nor hyperbole. That’s a fact!
The same goes for the Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training. This is 100% experiential training and NOT some make-believe type of work. You are dealing with real, live situations, issues and challenges that you will either encounter down the road after you complete the program OR may have already encountered in your own organization but did not quite understand why they were happening or know how to address and resolve them.
In many instances, the answer does not have to be rocket science. You just need to know what to do.
Today, even I, the founder of the modern virtual organization management discipline, can look back at stupid, idiotic and nonsensical virtual organization management decisions that were made about 10-15 years ago that make me wonder, what in God’s name could have been going through my mind at that point in time?
And since the answers are so simple, why was I unable to see things as clearly as I can today? And yet, I come across hundreds to thousands of people that I see making the very same mistakes, sprouting the same nonsense or idiotic expressions, or unable to see things as clearly as I do now.
I can place bets all day long in Las Vegas about every single person’s performance at the very beginning of the Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training program - AND WIN EACH AND EVERY SINGLE TIME. It’s easier than shooting fish in a barrel or having a crystal ball.It doesn’t matter who you are or how smart you think you are. In fact, the smarter you think you are, the more likely you are to repeat these same mistakes and ignore every single opportunity to discover why things are not working out the way you intended.
Or, perhaps, you got a Ph.D. in this or that from an Ivy League university and you are some sort of internationally recognized guru and innovation genius, etc. You’ve been featured on all the major news channels as some sort of “subject matter expert” and your advice is highly sought after by others.
Don’t bother going to Google or Wikipedia to find out the definition of a virtual organization - it’s nothing but crap from people who think they know what a virtual organization is.
The point being, I don’t expect you to lose your job over The New Virtual Organization World.
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