Reducing involvement to cope with complexity Having recently visited Silicon Valley, Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration shares his experiences. On my visit to the San Fransisco area it was interesting to observe the latest wave of great tech companies experiencing some of the familiar challenges as they grow and become more complex. In a […]
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Having recently visited Silicon Valley, Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration shares his experiences. Building real estate does not make you global I was struck by the race for expensive real estate in the Bay area as fast growing organizations try to create space for their burgeoning workforces and then to bring them together in […]
Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration recently visited Silicon Valley to talk to some of the newer technology companies about their experiences of collaboration and creating integrated global organizations. It was an interesting experience on many levels. The limits of communicating through technology It was good to visit a booming sector and to learn about the particular challenges […]
Multiple team membership is becoming more and more common. Our own remote and virtual team survey of over 4,000 people tells us that, on average, managerial and professional people are now part of five virtual teams. If these really are interdependent “teams” then this implies a very high level of interconnection. For an average team […]
I stayed at a top hotel in Las Vegas last weekend. It was a lovely hotel with generally nice staff but what came across as poor cross departmental trust and communication. I won’t name the hotel here but have written to them directly. Security were disparaging about the check-in staff (and the feeling was mutual), […]
A number of organizations move to a matrix organization structure in order to reduce costs by sharing resources and getting better utilization of people across the traditional silos of function and geography. This is often accompanied by a focus on cost-cutting through de-layering or reducing the number of middle managers. In some cases, organizations take […]
Do you have matrix working or a matrix structure? Strictly speaking, a matrix organization structure is defined as where you have more than one formal reporting line (whether dotted or solid). So if you don’t have more than one boss, you don’t work in a matrix organization structure. However, we are finding that, in practice, […]
Success can make you slow as you earn the right to much bigger problems In my 2006 book, Speed Lead, I wrote about how “success can make you slow”. You have to be a great company to become global, to need virtual team working and matrix management. Terrible companies never grow that big. However, the […]
The impossibility of involvement in a global organization In recent decades, companies have made great efforts to increase the level of involvement in their organizations. They monitor attitudes of involvement in climate surveys, improve communication, engagement and participation in decision-making. However at the same time, organizations have become more complex. Many are global, matrixed and […]
Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration, explores the requirements of virtual team training in this seven minute video. Following is the commentary from the video. We hope you enjoy it. Since we developed the world’s first virtual teams training program over 20 years ago, virtual teams training has become mainstream. Most people who offer training […]
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