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 […]
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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 […]
When we work with people in increasingly connected matrix, network and virtual organisations we get a lot of questions about reporting lines – what are the benefits and best balance of solid, dotted or just virtual lines. People obsess about the nature of their reporting lines and what they mean. This focus on reporting lines […]
When we work with organisations new to matrix management, one of the key requests from their people is to improve the clarity of their goals and roles. This can lead to what we call the clarity trap. In this situation we have introduced a multidimensional structured way of working, such as a matrix or network […]
One of the key themes in our matrix management training is how we manage clarity and ambiguity. One of the tools we use is called “islands of clarity”, it helps people build greater clarity in their own goals and roles. It’s a simple process that begins with people identifying what is not clear about how […]
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