Recent McKinsey research found that many global companies are constantly changing their organization structure. Almost 60 percent of the respondents told us they had experienced a redesign within the past two years. McKinsey attribute this to the increasing pace of strategic change and I’m sure there is some truth in this. However, it also reflects what I […]
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I visited a client in Europe recently. It was a very large organization with a long history of financial success. It had a dominant position in its own domestic market and a strong market for quality products worldwide. Most of their managers had grown up secure in the knowledge that their company was one of […]
In recent weeks I’ve been having two separate conversations with very large clients (each with more than 250,000 employees). Who have both separately and neatly encapsulated a key dilemma in being a global company; finding the balance of leverage and agility. One of them spent some time explaining to me that their recent reorganization was […]
Many of our clients offer “transition” training programs for leaders making a transition from one level to another. These might typically be offered: – When the leader takes on people management for the first time – When the leader moves into middle management and is managing other managers for the first time. – When the […]
A recent McKinsey article “Revisiting the matrix organization” quotes a Gallup survey finding that employees in matrix feel less clear about what’s expected of them than their non-matrixed counterparts. But maybe other findings in the survey show that this is a good thing! A disappointing finding is that most people in organizations, whether matrixed or […]
A recent Gallup survey on clarity of expectations and goals in over 550 organizations found that only half of employees strongly agree that they understand what is expected of them at work. The managers of these people were equally unclear about expectations. From our work in many of the world’s most complex organizations we are […]
A recent McKinsey article “Revisiting the matrix organization” quoted a 2015 Gallup survey that found that 84% of respondents were at least slightly matrixed. Despite the host of articles you will see on the web declaring the matrix dead or irrelevant our experience is that the matrix is the way of working of choice for […]
Every day I see studies, blogs and reports on digital transformation. It’s exciting stuff and no doubt has the opportunity to be transformational. However, it’s not the first transformation businesses of been through and I think we can learn from previous ones. There are particular parallels between digital and global transformations. A phrase I’ve used […]
Many organizations are trying to be more joined up and integrated “horizontally” across the traditional vertical silos of function and geography. Some of them try to do this through virtual teamwork and collaboration; others introduce some kind of formal matrix or multidimensional organization structure. The strategy and structure are clear that there is often a […]
A recent Harvard business review article confirms our own findings about too much collaboration in large organizations. It claims that over the last 20 years the time spent by people in collaborative activities has increased by 50% or more – meetings, calls, emails etc can take up round 80% of the week for many employees […]
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