At our global team meeting last week one of my colleagues used a phrase that really made me think “the matrix is about surfacing conflict not collaboration”. Many organisations introduce a matrix explicitly to improve the amount of communication and collaboration across the traditional vertical silos, usually geography and function. In a formal matrix structure […]
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We ran a survey with a client recently who are relatively new to working in matrix. One of the comments, and one we see regularly in this situation, was that people felt they were spending too much time communicating and aligning with other parts of the matrix before making a decision. If you’re not used […]
A complex matrix, virtual or global organisation brings special challenges in building trust and exercising control. Trust is essential to the functioning of an organisation that relies on collaboration and communication across distance, cultures, time zones, through technology and across organisational boundaries. However, at the same time, this is a big change from trusting people […]
It seems fashionable at the moment to propose mindfulness as a solution to many of the ills of business. However, whilst mindfulness may help with managing distraction and finding inner peace, a focus on only the present is anathema to a successful business. So what is its place in a business environment? I became interested […]
Matrix management often gets a bad press, with people citing an increase in bureaucracy, reduced clarity and delays in decision-making as common problems. However, the matrix is the organisation structure of choice for the world’s most successful organisations so it must bring some benefits. As well as the business benefits of increasing collaboration across the […]
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I read an interesting blog post on whether Apple had outgrown its traditional organisational structure The article asks why Apple struggles to maintain focus on a full line of personal computers and PC peripherals, alongside its phones and tablets, following its apparent downgrading of some of these product areas. It recognizes the value of its […]
A recent Harvard business review article Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them revisits the relatively high failure rate of transformation efforts reported by McKinsey, and proposes that leaders need to start by focusing less on their organizations and more on themselves. This is very evident in our work with senior groups leading […]
Matrix management often gets criticized for increasing complexity. Accountability without control, influence without authority and multiple team membership does have its challenges; but it looks like being exposed to these is the secret of a successful leadership career. A recent Harvard business review article quotes a Deloitte study of executives from more than 2,000 organisations. They […]
I was delivering a keynote speech to a supply chain meeting at Lego-Land Denmark recently, an interesting and fun location for a meeting. The session before mine ended with a Q&A for a relatively new group of leaders who had come in to manage a more integrated supply chain organization. This was the first meeting […]
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