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An incredible moment and opportunity


My fellow empowrians,

As you are aware, the 2nd phase of the empowr presidential election is underway, and each of you are now busy voting to take the final 5 candidates down to the final 2.

 

Something truly amazing is happening

Until yesterday, we had a statistical dead heat (tie) between 3 of the 5 candidates. On an almost hourly basis, one of the candidates would get to first place by just a few votes...

... and then an hour or two later, another candidate would inch ahead....

... and then again, within minutes sometimes, a third candidate would take the lead.

 

And then, today, a 4th candidate inched ahead of the rest by just a few votes!

It is clear that, tomorrow, when the election is over, the top 2 winners will win almost by luck – solely because of the time of day the election ends.

It has become quite obvious that we are blessed with a good number of candidates that the community loves and believes in.

 

An incredible opportunity

Given the incredible complexity of the empowr platform...

... what if the top candidates shared the position of president – together forming an “office of the president”...

... with one of them taking on the title and role of “President, Community” -- responsible for communications with the empowr community, social features, tools and the human resources focused on those tools...

... and another taking on the role of “President, Economy”, responsible for the marketplace features, tools, rules, currency (empowr coins) and employees that work on those items...

... and another “President, Education”, responsible for the success coach program, features and everything and everyone involved with that massive effort that, like the other 2 areas above, is also set to grow massively in the coming months...

 ... and possibly another candidate becomes "President, Global Operations" or "President, Local Merchants" or "President, Application Platform", etc.

 

The simple reality is that one person taking on each and all of the above areas will spread any single person very thinly – making it extremely difficult to do the best job in any of them.

Our current president (Brian Woosley) works 7 days a week, generally from 6am until 10pm, and admittedly is unable to get everything done to the degree that he would like.

By dividing up the responsibilities to 3 or 4 different leaders, all of a sudden, the job becomes something manageable and each leader is much more likely to succeed.

We also need to keep in mind that some very big initiatives are being added to our operations – namely the application platform (so anyone can add apps to empowr to earn coins and/or pay coins to citizens)....

... as well as the local merchant initiative, where success coaches will soon be enabled to sign up local merchants in their area to accept empowr coins as payment for offering their products and services to empowr citizens.

My point is that the president’s job is about to get even more intense, and that’s all on top of the growth that we are anticipating will happen as a result of significantly lowering maturity – and increasing earnings -- for everyone -- in JUST A FEW DAYS FROM TODAY.

 

The concept of the Office of the President (OTP) is not new in the tech industry

Microsoft, for example, was run by an office of the president for many years – especially when it was growing very quickly -- immediately starting after this announcement.

Having not one, but up to 3 or 4 incredibly knowledgeable candidates that have all spent years working in empowr, and are all well-respected by the empowr community, represents an incredible opportunity for the empowr community...

... to be even better operated -- more customer-centric – more in tune with your needs -- able to respond and serve you much faster -- than ever before.

 

What's the next step in considering this idea?

Today, Brian, I and May Ram (the leader of the success coach program) and all 5 candidates held a conference call over Skype to discuss the idea and see what they thought about it.

The good news is that they believe that the approach would be beneficial for the community...

... allowing them, together, to do a much better job of taking care of your needs.

We all agreed that the next logical step would be to take the idea to the community – to you – to get your thoughts.

 

We need your vote and thoughts

So, do you like this idea -- where not one but up to 4 or 5 of the final candidates become presidents of various empowr divisions – working in tight coordination with each other and together forming an Office of the President?

Or, instead, would you rather continue on the current path, and elect one single president?

 

We are all anxiously looking forward to your thoughts.

-JC

 

P.S. In the meantime, please continue to cast your votes before the 2nd round ends at 12PM PST on August 22nd.

303 Comments
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Jo Mas

Dear JC.
The idea of having more than ONE President is great. An Office of president is also great.
I suggest to elect the first and the second only. There's 2 salaries to pay.? I guess it's enough.
The President and the first running up. One as President, Community and the second as President Economy.

JO

5 months ago
Valerie Le Bihan

yes Jo...

5 months ago
Daniel Amechi

Thanks Jo Mas for your suggestion but there is division of labour. If Brian, JC & May Ram heading empowr could say the work is intense and is going to get more intense. I agree for a minimum of 4 Presidents taken different roles. This will help them to deliver. If on the long run is no more necessary, we can go back to whatever is obtainable at the time.

Please Brian & JC. I totally agree to this suggestion. It sounds great. Let give it a try.

5 months ago
Jenni Barley

You do realize that paying 4 or 5 Presidents will mean less payouts for SC's and citizens? Is this fair? I think not!
I am in favor of one President and a Vice President, as in a Democracy. I worked for many years as PA to the Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance in South Africa, and know for a fact that too many cooks spoil the broth. Be careful
of this!

5 months ago
Katherine Nlcitizen

As far as I know. President is only good for one. Only one president should be mentioned but you can hire the five with a different category in their wages. Highest rate will be the president and the rest will be called in other names like for example a CHAIRMAN. A cahirman of a Local Merchants, chairman of the community, chairman of education and etc.

5 months ago
Sabina De Jonge De Nooijer

I quote what Patric says in the Announcement : I think you should not chance the rules in a running election, but if all Candidates are in agreement, with chance then you should have 1 President ( which is the Voice and the Face of Empowr) with 4 Vice Presidents and the President should represent the voice of All citizens, the other that become Vice-Presidents would have a specialization based on there skills that serve the Empowr community and bring the coin on the level that it deserves. This would be the best option to go with

5 months ago
Yolanda Marcos

Hello everyone, first forgive me for my English and now I expose my thoughts on this subject.
A single president and after he chooses his advisors as two, since they would also be expenses for the community the payment of the advisors, I do not believe that the community is now in a position to pay presidents of different departments as suggested in this post . We have not yet started with the Empowr currency, yet no benefits of any kind have been collected from the citizens, we can not charge all of them to pay salaries that I do not doubt would benefit, but now I do not think they should. Thanks and regards
PD and please remove the not to be able to comment on the posts of the presidency, because the comments have been exhausted to the community hahahahaha

5 months ago
Floyd Foulks

I think John Cringle has hit the nail on the head. Yes the leadership role has become far too large a burden for one individual but I do believe that there still is the need for a coordinator (President). May I suggest 4 Vice Presidents (In charge of) as a great compromise. My vote will definitely go for Katherine as that President.

5 months ago
Patric De Nooijer

I think you should not chance the rules in a running election, but if all Candidates are in agreement, with chance then you should have 1 President ( which is the Voice and the Face of Empowr) with 4 Vice Presidents and the President should represent the voice of All citizens, the other that become Vice-Presidents would have a specialization based on there skills that serve the Empowr community and bring the coin on the level that it deserves. This would be the best option to go with. So you got your Candidates and let us go back to put the coin on Fire.

5 months ago
Albert Koomson

The Vice Presidents need not move into the San Diego Headquarters of empowr as would be required of the President and could meet periodically for meetings with the empowr board and advisors, the employees and various departments that they work with to oversee their effective working and report appropriately to the President.

5 months ago
Gupta Sri

Great idea, that will give more leadership availability for all different aspects of the platform.
However, we also might need to deploy additional workforce under each of them as we need people who implement and execute the goals at a ground level along with leadership.

5 months ago
Elena Ivantsova

Thanks Jc for the new news and Idea

5 months ago
Alex Aurora

Thank you JC - I love the new idea!
I support it 100%!

5 months ago
Angel Rodriguez Ortega

Hello JC in my opinion that is a great idea, make a leadership team of presidents for the differents aspects of our platform, with a team of persons that are in a good knowledge of the empowr platform and that did provide they are fantastic workers and totally into to make success with our mission, For sure that will make our project to be successful.

5 months ago
Mohi P

Thank you, JC! I 100% agree with the idea. It is a great one!

4 months ago
Valerie Le Bihan

Sounds great!!!...Really great!!...I totally agreed!!

5 months ago
Daniel Amechi

Very great Valerie. What an invention. I concur 100%.

5 months ago
Kelly Baker

Love the new concept.

5 months ago
Lina Tanase

Thank you J.C!
I support this idea 100%. Just because I know and I understand how much work it is.
The work and the responsibility, divided into different compartments, can be 1000% more efficient

5 months ago
Tam Dieu

Great ideas. I totally agreed!!

5 months ago
Riad Ezzat

J.C Could you share with us the organization structure of empowr, you are asking the community to vote for the new concept without sharing us this information, we need to know how many employees in the company and in each department and their position titles, how many departments divisions in the company, what is the employees' role especially the senior ones, what i know and read from the platform, the company has one chairman and 3 chiefs, is that all, what are the main roles of each department and divisions.

One year of presidency is a very short period, Most of the candidates coming from outside the USA, they need a year to understand the company people, process, and technology, in addition, they need time to understand American low and local environment, many of them if not all did not work before in the role of president in this size and in hi-tech companies or many of them they did even have a chairman role, they need time and efforts to understand this role, when they got all of that they will be asked to leave as the presidency period is over, and the new president or presidents elected.

In most companies and in my opinion, One president as a chairman is enough, assisted by a vise president, however, I suggest the vice president should be an experienced candidate and in my opinion the only one can fit this position currently is Brain as he is capable to handle the company complexity in its current projects and operations. his role is very essential to help the new president in his new role, and to the continuity of the company. Two many new presidents at once for just a year could be a disaster to the company, a mix of the two is very important.

5 months ago
Otse Sunday Alegwu

Hello JC.
I think Riad sum my thought.
In addition to having just one President and 1 vice president, I suggest that while the position of the President remained elective and the winner of the last 2 finalists (presidential candidates), the vice president position should be non-elective and with tenure elongation of a minimum period of 3 years.

5 months ago
Albert Koomson

The Vice Presidents should be selected under the guidance of President Brian, the empowr board, and advisors and shouldn't necessarily be those who were candidates in the just ended elections, because that could cause divided loyalties or unnecessary conflicts of interest which wouldn't augur for the well being and progress of the empowr community. They should be selected based on their knowledge, competence, experience, and expertise in the various departments that they would be working with to enhance their performance and to inspire the employees with their knowledge and expertise in that department

5 months ago
Lana Ferra

I support this idea because I believe an elected group of Presidents will work more effective than a single President.

5 months ago
Marijke Van Giffen

Hello JC. empowr has been working for a long time now to revolutionize the concept of social media and the lay of the land in the online business market. It has a mission and a goal that all of us (I assume) want to be reached. empowr would not have come this far without being flexible and adjusting goal posts whenever necessary. As the voting seems to progress, there doesn't seem to be one majority winner. If it worked for Microsoft, my idea is that it will work for empowr to have an Office of Presidents, each of the candidates seemingly having an equal percentage more or less of the votes. How much more democratic does it get. I think it fits entirely in one of the concepts of empowr to prevent soft corruption and abuse of power. I think it will also speed up the process of processing and solving issues that citizens have and that until now often take a long time to be solved.
I think that the Office of Presidents needs to have either 3 or 5 participants to prevent voting issues. Everything in empowr is unconventional. It is one of the things I love about it. It is some kind of scavenger hunt trying to find the ultimate road to achieve the mission and goal. We can only move forward when we try to open the doors that pop up in front of us and to find out if it may be the way to go. How the votes are casts right now, the precedent of other companies having done the same and the idea of having an Office of Presidents popping up in your head(s), looks to me an inviting door that I would like to open and find out what is behind it. My two cents worth of thoughts.

5 months ago
Umair Siddique

Excellent idea. Our community would greatly benefit from the expertise and divided work/departments between the office of the president.

5 months ago
Anthony Onyia

Great idea's, am 100% in support for the new path.

5 months ago
John Cringle

I think that a more effective organizational structure would be to have one President and multiple Vice Presidents. This would give a much more balanced approach to our government. You are absolutely correct that the time needed for one person to fulfill all dutiesof the office is too great to demand from one person.Having multiple VP's to delegate responsibility to would be a tremendous help. The President in this election however should be the candidate that has received the most votes. This is what each candidate has been working so hard for and the winner of this election should have his or her reward.Our community needs all the assistance we can get.I believe it is time that we follow through with plans that have been made.

5 months ago
* Will Chappell *

I like this much better -- see my post below.

5 months ago
Wollf Tergus

John I concur. The one President concept with the support of a three to five Vice-President cabinet that report directly to the President would be very beneficial to whomever assumes the office.

5 months ago
Mark

good idea !!!!

5 months ago
Liliya Herman

Good idea, I think it's right.

5 months ago
Ken Kerekes

Too many cooks spoil the stew. Let's go with one president.

5 months ago
Wollf Tergus

• President—The President leads the country. He or she is the head of state, leader of the Empowr government.
• Vice President—The Vice President supports the President.
• The Cabinet—Cabinet members serve as advisors to the President. They include the Vice President, heads of executive departments; the President nominates Cabinet members.

5 months ago
Wollf Tergus

We cannot be changing the rules and parameters set forth prior to commencing with the established election process. Doing so would also be unfair to those viable candidates that were eliminated in the first round elections.
If a change has to be made, which seems to be the consensus on this board, my proposal is the following:

The next President of Empowr should be decided, as by the Original guidelines, were the two candidates with the most votes shall have a run off in a third round election. That will decide who our next President will be.

Afterwards, the remaining four candidates, if they so choose to serve their new President and Empowr, can assume Vice-Presidential duties as assigned to then by the new President.

Vice Presidents will not be required to relocate to San Diego, but rather be able to perform their specific duties as assigned to them from their current home bases.

Prior to any Vice President implementing changes to the structure and internal workings of Empowr, such changes must be approved by and only by the President.

Your comments are all welcome

Wollf Tergus

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5 months ago
Kris Kristoffersen

Hi Wollf,
At this stage with such a close race to the finish line we already know all of the five candidates are capable of holding presidential responsibilties. Empowr is still a democracy very much in its infancy and time is of essence. To succeed we need to take bold decisions from time to time and this is one of them. A huge step forward for the entire community and a better democracy as a result.
So instead of continuying with the normal course of election let's jump on this great opportunity to make empowr an even better democracy.
Whoever has the most votes should be elected empowr president.
Over the next few weeks, the president and the finalists should then prepare together a detailled document setting out proposals on the terms of reference for each of the departments.
Then a public referendum should be held in order to formaly establish these specifications. The executive presidents being responsible for the execution of said specifications for their department, reporting to the president and the empowr community.
What do you say?

5 months ago
Lyuba Kuzmina

Thank you for the post, the ideas are good.

5 months ago
Ola Yinka

Yes the idea is good, thank you Jc

5 months ago
Amada Marcelino

We need only ONE President......

5 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

Thank you JC for this awesome idea. Each of the candidates are truly awesome and a great idea that all of them can work int he office utilizing their great capacity. It's a great idea but not sure if all have the same tile President. Thank you all.

5 months ago
Tatyana Okuneva

Thanks Brian for the update. Combining talents 3 or more, the Office of the President can only help empowr! Great idea!

5 months ago
Susan O.

Thank you for the post, the ideas are good.

5 months ago
Yves Johnson

I believe this is a great idea, however, I believe there should be one president who is the leader of the office of presidents. This leader will be the face, spokesperson & representative of the community. And in my opinion all of the remaining 5 candidates are deserving of forming this group. Each one of them has unique qualities that will benefit the community but whoever comes out with the most votes should definitely be the person to lead.

5 months ago
Deokie Birbal

Excellent suggestion Yves; the current election of one president should proceed as is with him/her choosing the Vice President/s (maybe 4) from among the other deserving candidates to whom various portfolios can then be assigned! There should only be one President.

5 months ago
Gupta Sri

Makes sense..

5 months ago
* Will Chappell *

One president - one person accountable to the people. Inability to shift or share blame.

5 months ago
Ludmila Voitenko

Hello JC! This is an excellent idea to have a office of the President consisting of 4-5 people, where everyone will be engaged in a certain industry - this will greatly improve the work and accordingly the empowr economy will only grow. Since one person can not manage all branches of industry at the same time.

5 months ago
Anton Goronkov

Good idea. Thank you for the update, JC.

5 months ago
Manjot Singh

Thanks Jc for the new news and Idea

5 months ago
Austin Grady

I think we should trust the democratic process and allow the two candidates who get the most votes to face each other in the final election. To do otherwise suggests that the community cannot be relied upon to select the best candidate for the office of president.

5 months ago
Mark

Decisions like this need to be addressed but need to be done so by a Vote of a Majority of the OWNERS not just those that that make comments. I agree that the divisions need to be split up (No One Person has the Best Answer to all the Problems)
but the operational responsibility of the but the business needs to stay in control of only ONE LEADER the President.
The President Should surround themselves with other Great Leaders they Choose for each division of the organisation to keep them informed and make recommendations on how they are should be ran to best achieve reaching the Mission desired.
In My onion having multiple elected leaders would only deter the operation of ever being successful. Although We do need to elect a Vice President picked by president to assist them and be next inline if something was to impair the President from being able to carry out their duties.

5 months ago
Deborah Rolon

Combining the talents of 3 or more, Office of the President can only help empowr! Great idea!

5 months ago
Anna Sveshnikova

I think that this is great idea.
One head is good but 2 is better.

5 months ago
Ludmila Alexandrova

.Such a solution will be useful for the community. I support this idea! ..

5 months ago
Ayman Abusaa

Presidents within a group, bringing various ideas, suggestions and solutions
Sounds interesting and good idea. Thanks JC

5 months ago
Elvira Sindric

I love the new idea of OTP. For one person is too much all this complexity work. When have 3-4 president, have opportunity each person to deal in which area its expertise is outstanding. While working closely together for Empowr community. It's a real teamwork, which goes far beyond the average success. Thank you for BIG idea !

5 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Hello JC, I agree perfectly with the idea, it's gonna be a game changer to many things. Very good news!

5 months ago
Jeremia Van Loggerenberg

This is the best idea ever. Let's go for it.

5 months ago
George Oliveira

Brilliant idea, delegating the functions would be a great strategy for everyone to devote to a certain area.
Doing the best work. We have good candidates and everyone is able to perform with total dedication to what is chosen. I support.

5 months ago
Naresh Patel

Great Idea JC dividing up the responsibilities I am in fully in support of it.

5 months ago
Teri Sologoub

One president with his/her own administration. He chooses suitable and qualified candidates he feels can successfully maintain say 3 or 4 Department’s of his administration.Their main tasks will be to coordinate and implement the Presidents policies which he/she had campaigned for. They all work under the Presidents supervision who is wholly responsible for his teams success.

5 months ago
Rajesh Gupta

Great Idea JC dividing up the responsibilities I am in fully in support your idea..

5 months ago
Regina Talamor

Great idea JC, agreed as well.

5 months ago
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