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 […]
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In 20 years of working with matrix organizations it’s been interesting to see how many companies fail to complete the key stages of change necessary to a successful matrix implementation. This involves being clear about the strategy, changing your structure, aligning your business systems and developing the skills, culture and way of working you need […]
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 […]
A recent McKinsey article “Making collaboration across functions a reality” gave some good examples of successful and unsuccessful cross functional working. As value creation increasingly happens horizontally across the traditional vertical silos of functions and geography, cross functional working is becoming the norm. A recent Gallup survey found that 84% of the people they surveyed […]
I was talking to a contact in a global technology company yesterday. His organization has been matrixed for a long time. People are used to operating across the traditional silos of function and geography. Among the issues we discussed were the challenges in managing what he called a “stakeholder ecosystem”, I thought it was a […]
I was surprised how quickly virtual reality made an appearance at the learning technology show in London earlier this month. Several exhibitors were using virtual reality to attract people to their stand and a couple were demonstrating applications for learning. Whilst the technology is clearly in its early stages, development is fast. It’s a particularly […]
Recent McKinsey research found that many global companies are constantly changing their organization structure. Almost 60 percent of the respondents told us they had experienced a redesign within the past two years. McKinsey attribute this to the increasing pace of strategic change and I’m sure there is some truth in this. However, it also reflects what I […]
I visited a client in Europe recently. It was a very large organization with a long history of financial success. It had a dominant position in its own domestic market and a strong market for quality products worldwide. Most of their managers had grown up secure in the knowledge that their company was one of […]
In recent weeks I’ve been having two separate conversations with very large clients (each with more than 250,000 employees). Who have both separately and neatly encapsulated a key dilemma in being a global company; finding the balance of leverage and agility. One of them spent some time explaining to me that their recent reorganization was […]
A recent McKinsey article “Revisiting the matrix organization” quotes a Gallup survey finding that employees in matrix feel less clear about what’s expected of them than their non-matrixed counterparts. But maybe other findings in the survey show that this is a good thing! A disappointing finding is that most people in organizations, whether matrixed or […]
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