In our work on complex matrix organisations we often hear about the challenge of creating goal clarity. Indeed, it can be challenging when you have multiple bosses and work on multiple teams to reconcile competing goals and prioritize accurately. However sometimes it’s much easier than this. We ask people in our workshops to name the […]
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This blog is a reflection on leadership learning by a British Army Officer on an expedition that saw a team of 7 individuals complete a 210 mile trek across the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, with an ascent change of 24,000m, taking 13 days. At different parts of the trek the group experienced negativity within it […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s hardly surprising that, as someone who spends their professional life helping organizations think internationally and breaking local silos and parochial thinking, and as someone who runs an international business based from the UK, I voted to remain. However that’s democracy and those of us in business who pay for everything will have to find […]
Overcoming the problems and pitfalls Many of our clients use the term “CoE’s” meaning either “Centres of Excellence” or “Centres of Expertise”. This is a way of organising where people with similar expertise, clustered in an organization, cut across traditional (usually national or regional) boundaries. Where it is being done For example, Human resources are […]
We had some press coverage in the UK recently about the negative effects on children of unwarranted praise. It found that children who were given praise for average, below standard work, actually developed lower work standards. In the TV interviews that accompanied the story it was clear that these children also tended to know that the […]
Secrets of Dolphins, the Ryder Cup, England & Matrix Management I recently heard an interesting interview on UK radio from a football (soccer) conference in London. It talked about Roy Hodgson, the England manager, breaking down his squad into player sub teams to work on specific areas of the game. It also referenced the pod […]
There is an old saying that “culture eats strategy for lunch” and culture is the collective mindset of the organization. It is both influenced by and made up of the mindsets of the individuals within it. In many industries at the moment the shared competitive environment leads to very similar strategies Healthcare organizations have to […]
Two of the biggest objections that senior managers raise in moving to a matrix organization are “how can I be accountable for something I do not control?” and “how can I influence without authority?” Whilst at first these sound like reasonable concerns and they do create challenges for leaders, it is interesting to dig behind […]
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