Entries by Kevan Hall

Implementing your New Year’s resolutions

This is the time of year when many individuals set a resolution to change something in their lives. It may be a something like losing weight (simple in theory, if not in practice) or a more fundamental change in looking for a new job or changing the way they live. It’s remarkably hard to make […]

Five reasons why matrix management could be the best thing that can happen to you

Matrix management often gets a bad press, with people citing an increase in bureaucracy, reduced clarity and delays in decision-making as common problems. However, the matrix is the organisation structure of choice for the world’s most successful organisations so it must bring some benefits. As well as the business benefits of increasing collaboration across the […]

How come 10,000 people are slower than 25?

I was working recently with a online business that has grown very fast. Many of the leaders have grown with it and find themselves at a relatively young age leading a multi-billion dollar business. Whilst they are all very proud of the success of the business, they are also aware that it has changed radically […]

Are we ready for “post truth” business?

I guess many of us have been reading recently about the rise of “post truth” politics. Post truth or post factual politics is defined by Wikipedia as “a political culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.”   We […]

Transformation starts when senior leaders change their behaviours

A recent Harvard business review article Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them revisits the relatively high failure rate of transformation efforts reported by McKinsey, and proposes that leaders need to start by focusing less on their organizations and more on themselves. This is very evident in our work with senior groups leading […]

Matrix management is the secret to great leadership development?

Matrix management often gets criticized for increasing complexity. Accountability without control, influence without authority and multiple team membership does have its challenges; but it looks like being exposed to these is the secret of a successful leadership career. A recent Harvard business review article quotes a Deloitte study of executives from more than 2,000 organisations. They […]