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 […]
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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 […]
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 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 […]
I blogged recently about the challenge of having both leverage and agility as is often the when way you start thinking about these things, you see it everywhere. I saw a presentation on the challenge of both innovation and scalability: • scalability requires standardization, reliability, dependability and reducing the likelihood of failure • innovation requires […]
It is 10 years since I wrote my first book Speed Lead – faster, simpler ways to lead people projects and teams in complex companies. Its themes were around simplifying the way people work and cutting through complexity using some simple, though often countercultural, tools and concepts – such as cutting out a lot of […]
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