I moved house recently and it made me reflect on how a new physical environment makes it easier to change behaviors. One small example – we normally eat quite early on a Sunday and often have family around. When we moved we started thinking why we did this and it seems it dates from the […]
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I am working with several clients on how to identify the right balance between pursuing scale and leverage on the one hand and retaining agility and flexibility on the other. Many organizations are becoming more integrated globally; either through matrix organizations or just a realization that cross functional, international and global working is required to […]
Whatever your views on the UK vote to leave the EU, it’s clear that the majority of UK voters and it appears many European voters are not sold on the idea of further European integration. I am firmly in the remain camp but I’ve spent some time trying to understand the mind set of those […]
It’s hardly surprising that, as someone who spends their professional life helping organizations think internationally and breaking local silos and parochial thinking, and as someone who runs an international business based from the UK, I voted to remain. However that’s democracy and those of us in business who pay for everything will have to find […]
I’ve started work on my next book, the follow-up to Making the Matrix Work. I’m researching some of the topics in more detail and here is a photo of a stack of the articles I printed off that I found interesting over the last few weeks. As soon as I start to research a particular […]
I was talking to a client recently who had been given the job of looking at how they could improve their meetings. Meetings are where most collaboration happens, and meetings also drive a lot of travel and they are where decision-making happens. If we can get our meetings to work then we have an impact […]
Two of the most common concerns, particularly for experienced leaders, in operating in a matrix or virtual environment are: How can we get things done without formal authority and How can we be accountable for results when we don’t control the resources? I often counter by asking “is the only way you know how to […]
I was watching an American TV cop show this week and was struck how often in these kinds of shows turf wars and lack of collaboration across their silos is both normal and celebrated. A typical scenario has different agencies – choose any two or three from the FBI, NYPD, Military, CIA, Government, local sheriff […]
I sat through an absolutely fantastic presentation on VUCA environments last week (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) and I’ve been reading around the subject since. The presentation covered relief work being delivered in unimaginably difficult circumstances – war, natural disaster or civil breakdown. A lot of the VUCA literature I have seen since focuses on […]
An interesting article from McKinsey “Rethinking the rules of reorganization” finds that around 60% of companies in the S&P 500 had launched large-scale cost red uction initiatives in the past five years, however only 26% had successfully prevented cost from creeping back up In addition to some good practical advice on targeting reorganization and change, they […]
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