At our last global team meeting we took some time to review our purpose and vision. The spur to do this was a continuing evolution in the work we do and the feedback we received from our clients and participants. We took the time to reflect on this and also to think about what motivated […]
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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 […]
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 […]
One of the reasons clients remember our training is the practicality of our tools and models. Feedback is often along the lines of, “That’s a really practical way to deal with our issues.” It was especially pleasing to visit one of the companies I’m involved in training through the UK Government-backed program called, “Sharing in […]
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 […]
Big data is beginning to have an impact in many areas of business, from supply chain and marketing information through to HR and people analytics. However there is a big difference between data and information. Information is where we organize and create insights from the data that we can do something with. I remember vividly […]
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