When we developed the world’s first remote and virtual teams training programme over 20 years ago we went right back to the fundamentals of collaboration and teamwork in designing a program that was “born virtual”. Even then it was clear that the nature of collaboration would change. For example, traditional teamwork requires synchronous discussions and […]
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I moved house recently and it made me reflect on how a new physical environment makes it easier to change behaviors. One small example – we normally eat quite early on a Sunday and often have family around. When we moved we started thinking why we did this and it seems it dates from the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We have recently launched a range of bite sized, mobile and social elearning for matrix management, virtual teams and global working. We focused on social as one of our three key propositions. Here the 6 key benefits that we see social bringing to our offer: 1. It brings an emotional content and energy to learning […]
Bite sized | Mobile | Social Elearning for virtual, matrix and global working Global Integration are specialists in the globally integrated organization, supporting business transformation, developing people capabilities and embedding change. We are delighted to announce the launch of our new elearning capability, providing unique content on matrix management, virtual teams and global leadership. It […]
In a matrix management environment individuals may have more than one boss, a complex network of stakeholders and be part of several virtual teams. As a result they may be the only individual who has a complete view of their own role. Each of the other parties may only see part of the goals and […]
Like most industries, learning and development is being disrupted by technology. But all disruption brings both challenge and opportunity. Some blended or online learning approaches can bring significant value and reduced cost relative to face-to-face learning. The challenge is delivering the learning outcomes and changing behaviour we want at optimum cost. I think most learning […]
When you’re working with the training provider there is always a trade-off between using off-the-shelf materials (which are often cheaper) and more tailored solutions which take more time to diagnose and develop. Off-the-shelf solutions are fine provided you have a standard need. Most people can follow a common format to learn basic presentation skills for […]
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