When we work with organisations new to matrix management, one of the key requests from their people is to improve the clarity of their goals and roles. This can lead to what we call the clarity trap. In this situation we have introduced a multidimensional structured way of working, such as a matrix or network […]
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One of the key themes in our matrix management training is how we manage clarity and ambiguity. One of the tools we use is called “islands of clarity”, it helps people build greater clarity in their own goals and roles. It’s a simple process that begins with people identifying what is not clear about how […]
In a matrix organization the structure incorporates multiple dimensions – usually including the business unit, the function and the geography – sometimes more. Each of these entities has their own agendas and priorities and generates their own initiatives. In the early stages of a matrix, each of them usually trying to clarify its role and […]
One of the key objectives in many matrix organization implementations is to release resources tied up in the traditional vertical silos of function and geography. This requires a certain amount of centralization as these resources are brought into a central pool for allocation. Many experienced managers feel a loss of control as the resources they […]
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