Two of the biggest objections that senior managers raise in moving to a matrix organization are “how can I be accountable for something I do not control?” and “how can I influence without authority?” Whilst at first these sound like reasonable concerns and they do create challenges for leaders, it is interesting to dig behind […]
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Many meetings consist largely of information giving. Much of it is irrelevant and could be delivered much more effectively outside the meeting. This is the kind of meeting where you sit passively whilst people present at you. There is little role for the participant beyond listening. A best you then discuss the information or make […]
Many so called ‘teams’ are actually ‘groups’. Confusing the two can cause boring meetings and damage ‘team spirit’. Teams require intensive collaboration and interdependence between people with different skills and capabilities around a common goal (what we at Global Integration call ‘spaghetti teams’) – for example in multidisciplinary problem solving. Groups consist of individuals with […]
As part of our Better Meetings Campaign, we are addressing the best way to run certain types of meetings. Today – brainstorming. The brainstorming meeting is based on a popular – but incorrect – assumption that groups generate more ideas than individuals on their own. In fact, it has been clear from research for many […]
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