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.
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. Now imagine how these cave people would look at you and how insane you would sound to them.
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. There is no “slow, pause, or rewind” button that we can push in order to control the flow of such technologies and information.
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?
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.
Answer to 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.
In the case of my brother Antonio’s advice that the PC was going to change things forever for small businesses like mine, nothing needs to be said. During the huge savings and loan crisis and economic meltdown which occurred during the late 80’s, I paid a huge and heavy price for not heeding his advice. I thought about him every day.
So, the choice is yours! But Option #3 is really a no-brainer.
Answer to Question #2: How does this Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training make a difference to me and my organization now?
For example, to continue with the earlier PC analogy, had I taken Antonio’s advice, my learning how to use a PC would not have distracted or detracted me from my daily activities. The only thing it would have done would have been to make me much, much more efficient and productive starting from day one. The small investment of time and effort would have paid handsome dividends in no time at all and saved me a lot of time, money and effort down the road.
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. Just think of Bill Gates deciding to just license the operating system to computer manufacturers worldwide. That sounds very simple, right? And yet, it was so revolutionary! Can you imagine what would have happened if Bill Gates had decided instead to build his own computers? This is only a rhetorical question, so don’t bother trying to answer it - but hopefully you get the point I am making.
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.
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. You will instead blame the poor results on others. You are most likely to believe in your own hype and your ego will get in the way.
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.
on The New Virtual Organization World Consortium
Prequel of this Article: An Amazing Era for Virtual Organization Leadership Executive Training, Assessment and Certification
About Author: Pierre Coupet is the founder and Q of VOM at Virtual Organization Management Institute (VOMI), VOMI Virtual Organization Academy, Virtual Organization Leadership, 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. Go to VOMI Licensing for more information.