I was working with a regional team in Miami looking after Central Americas and the Caribbean. It was interesting to see their different view of working in the matrix organization as compared with managers in larger countries. If you are the GM of a small geography or other business entity it can be hard to […]
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In our work with leading organizations on matrix management we regularly encounter a number of myths and assumptions that often hold people back in managing the matrix successfully. It’s important to dispel these as they can lead to people waiting passively for “normal service” to be resumed or for senior leaders to fix a problem […]
I’ve been running a number of quite short sessions on matrix management at marketing conferences, senior leadership events and executive committee meetings recently. The keynote sessions themselves may be less than an hour but the discussions afterwards have been really interesting. In such short sessions I tend to focus on giving some key concepts that […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was looking at Deloitte’s latest human capital infographic, it’s a nice image but it illustrates our damaging obsession with formal structure. The study identifies four key drivers of change; demographics technology everywhere, digital everything speeding the exponential economy a new social contract between employer and worker I guess we could all agree with these […]
Following my blog, matrix and multiple team membership is everywhere I have been thinking and talking to clients and participants more about multiple team membership issues. Our research shows that on average managerial and professional people in large companies are a member of an average of four different virtual teams. McKinsey’s research (referenced in the […]
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