We ran a survey with a client recently who are relatively new to working in matrix. One of the comments, and one we see regularly in this situation, was that people felt they were spending too much time communicating and aligning with other parts of the matrix before making a decision. If you’re not used […]
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A complex matrix, virtual or global organisation brings special challenges in building trust and exercising control. Trust is essential to the functioning of an organisation that relies on collaboration and communication across distance, cultures, time zones, through technology and across organisational boundaries. However, at the same time, this is a big change from trusting people […]
We are an international training and consulting organisation; our European hub is in the UK but most of our business is delivered in continental Europe and beyond. I’m looking to hire another trainer later this year and I have a real dilemma on whether to do so and who to recruit – I would welcome […]
It seems fashionable at the moment to propose mindfulness as a solution to many of the ills of business. However, whilst mindfulness may help with managing distraction and finding inner peace, a focus on only the present is anathema to a successful business. So what is its place in a business environment? I became interested […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I read an interesting blog post on whether Apple had outgrown its traditional organisational structure The article asks why Apple struggles to maintain focus on a full line of personal computers and PC peripherals, alongside its phones and tablets, following its apparent downgrading of some of these product areas. It recognizes the value of its […]
There have been several studies recently that reinforce the importance of multifunctional breadth in reaching the top in modern organisations. See my previous blog Matrix management is the secret to great leadership development? Such is the complexity and integration of these organizations, that it is hard to be successful at senior levels without a broad […]
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 […]
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