The way we address the complexity at the heart of our big picture and of our clients’ needs is to bring ideas, consulting and training in four key areas.

The first of these is Cooperation.


Global Integration Big Picture - cooperation

We believe that there is too much cooperation going on in matrix and other complex organizations. People tell us there are too many teams and too many meetings and conference calls. Many of our clients introduced a matrix to increase cooperation across the traditional business silos, but the danger is that everyone becomes involved in everything.

The trick is to connect people only where it adds value but unfortunately teamwork has become a religion rather than a technique to be used selectively. 1200 of our speed survey participants tell us they spend 40% of their time in meetings and over half of this is wasted.

Our response to this is

  1. Create simpler ways of working  less “spaghetti” team work and more “star” groups (see more about how to do this in the first 2 chapters of my book Speed Lead or some more background to the idea in the article The Teamwork Myth – please note this is 2MB so takes a while to download)
  2. Apply this methodology systematically to produce fewer, better meetings, conference calls and teams.
  3. Apply our speed techniques to faster delivery of teams and projects.

The result of this can be to save a day per week of unnecessary work and speed up the delivery of teams and projects by 25%.

If you want to create more effective cooperation in your matrix, or just to save a day per week why not ask a question here or contact us and find our more?

(Note: page updated to reflect changed website structure, September 2012)

About the author:

Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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