I am not a great fan of the debate about the difference between leadership and management, but I just got asked about it again in one of our virtual team workshops and it prompted this blog. I see many definitions of the difference, mostly around the manager’s job being to plan, organize and coordinate and the […]
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I’ve been reading a few blogs and articles recently about work automation. The consensus seems to be that this will soon have a major impact on employment, particularly in jobs which have traditionally been considered too highly skilled to be automated. Roles that are primarily about following rules and systems such as being an estate […]
I started playing Pokemon Go recently, largely to irritate my kids and nephews. If you haven’t tried it, it’s worth having a go just to get a taste for the technology which allows you to overlay some simple game elements on real world images and locations. There is no doubt that augmented reality, overlaying virtual […]
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 […]
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 […]
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