A couple of our clients have recently asked us for a “matrix maturity model”, something that describes the typical journey we see companies taking as they develop their matrix organisations and helps locate them in that journey. We thought it made sense to locate this in a journey from a traditional local functional organisation at […]
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“Digital” is receiving a huge amount of attention at the moment, quite rightly given the accelerating pace of automation and integration of businesses is. Digital is a great opportunity or threat depending on your perspective. However, in the context of leading real change, an over-focus on systems and IT risks making the same mistakes that […]
How can we keep longer term perspectives and a sense of team spirit among the rise in short-term project sprints? The answer, according to tech giants, is durable teams. Software teams have long been used to Agile ways of working: forming a small multidisciplinary team to solve a mission critical problem that can be broken […]
Get it right and we will get paid more, promoted faster and given credit for more innovative ideas (read to the end to find out how). However most of us don’t think consciously about the best way to communicate with our virtual colleagues. We try to get through each day staying just about on top […]
If so, you’re not alone. Knowledge workers estimate they now have to interact with more than 10 people per day to do their job, and two thirds reported a significant increase in the amount of collaboration required, according to recent research by the Corporate Executive Board. In many cases this is has been to the […]
Our training participants in matrix organizations tell us they spend an average of two days per week in meetings and 50% of the content is irrelevant. The HR team in one global gaming giant we worked with were surprised when the results of an in-depth training needs analysis and training programme on thriving in the […]
Activist investor Nelson Peltz recently released a 93-page white paper detailing his campaign for change at Procter & Gamble. He places a lot of the blame on what he describes as their insular culture and “stiflingly” bureaucratic matrix management system. He then proposes structural change to resolve the issue. It’s common for companies early in […]
On a workshop this week with a global IT consultancy I was running an exercise which has been part of our virtual team training for 20 years. In it, a small group of managers have a task which has to be executed involving a group of remote workers. We give the managers a 10 minute ‘travel […]
A field study with 43 global R&D teams from a top five Fortune 500 petroleum firm found that spontaneous communication played a pivotal role in moderating the level of interpersonal and task conflict in distributed virtual teams, through stronger shared identity and shared context. So how can we encourage spontaneous communication, shared identity and shared […]
Jeff Bezos briefly topping the world’s richest person list symbolizes just how far reaching Amazon now is. Amazon is, and always has been, a company driven by data and powered by software. It’s seemingly unstoppable rise is just one example of how digital firms are leading the way, with more traditional firms desperately trying to […]
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