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 […]
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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 […]
As a fairly pragmatic Yorkshire man who has been around for a few years I am not given to constant rushes of enthusiasm :-); but I have to say I am genuinely excited by some of the recent developments in technology and organization. I just finished Kevin Kelly’s new book “The Inevitables” about the key […]
In our work with leading organisations on matrix management we regularly encounter a number of myths and assumptions that often hold people back in managing the matrix successfully. It’s important to dispel these as they can lead to people waiting passively for “normal service” to be resumed or for senior leaders to fix a problem […]
I was working with a regional team in Miami looking after Central Americas and the Caribbean. It was interesting to see their different view of working in the matrix organization as compared with managers in larger countries. If you are the GM of a small geography or other business entity it can be hard to […]
I started playing Pokemon Go recently, largely to irritate my kids and nephews. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth having a go just to get a taste for the technology which allows you to overlay some simple game elements on real world images and locations. There is no doubt that augmented reality, overlaying virtual […]
In our work with leading organizations on matrix management we regularly encounter a number of myths and assumptions that often hold people back in managing the matrix successfully. It’s important to dispel these as they can lead to people waiting passively for “normal service” to be resumed or for senior leaders to fix a problem […]
When we developed the world’s first remote and virtual teams training programme over 20 years ago we went right back to the fundamentals of collaboration and teamwork in designing a program that was “born virtual”. Even then it was clear that the nature of collaboration would change. For example, traditional teamwork requires synchronous discussions and […]
I’ve been running a number of quite short sessions on matrix management at marketing conferences, senior leadership events and executive committee meetings recently. The keynote sessions themselves may be less than an hour but the discussions afterwards have been really interesting. In such short sessions I tend to focus on giving some key concepts that […]
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