I was talking to some HR people in tech start-ups in California recently and they told me that, as organisations start to scale up and become more complex, they regularly hear from engineers who are frustrated. These engineers don’t wish to be “corporate” and threaten to leave to avoid the increasing complexity. At the same […]
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Finance quote from @Euan on Twitter the other day “It is easier for organisations to digitise their dysfunctions than it is to face up to them.” It is very true and the conversation we are already having several of our clients. Our speciality is matrix and virtual working and digital initiatives that supercharging this way […]
I was in San Francisco last week and visited a couple of CEOs in silicon valley. During our conversations both of them identified particularly successful projects within the matrix organisations as great examples of collaboration. In both cases these were discrete projects to deliver a new product or process and they set up dedicated teams that […]
Meetings are essential to collaboration and decision making, but they are often irrelevant, time consuming and badly run. People tell us they spend an average of 2 days per week in meetings and 50% of it is wasted – we need to kill bad meetings. In decades working in complex matrix, virtual and global organisations […]
I was working with the supply chain organisation of one of our Pharma clients recently. The essence of the supply chain is joined up thinking and actions across the traditional functional and geographic silos to stay focused on the end result. This organisation had taken this to the next level by structuring its communication and […]
I’ve worked with a couple of clients recently who have the same challenge, different parts of their organization pursuing different matrix organization design models which then prove hard to match up and manage across the interfaces. One was a very large services organisation, each business unit and function had been given responsibility for developing their […]
There is a lot of interest at the moment in micro learning and on demand learning. This involves packaging learning into bite size chunks which makes them easier to digest and making them available so that people can access them at the point at which they need them. It is a great idea and we’ve […]
I read several articles about networking recently, several of them equate networking with collaboration. However, networking itself does not create value or collaboration, you can have a lot of connections but unless you engage them to achieve something, it may do no more than help your LinkedIn profile look good. The essence of the network […]
For the skills of leading and working in traditional teams, we often use sports metaphors and language. Indeed, some successful figures from the field of sports are paid large sums to lecture to business people on what they have learned in this environment, about the lessons of teamwork and how these lessons can be applied […]
I have been visiting Dubai for nearly 20 years now for both business and pleasure and was there again in the last month working with a group of high potential managers on some of the challenges of managing accountability without control in an international matrix organization in the region. As always I was struck by the […]
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