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 […]
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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 […]
As part of the preparation for the launch of our new book Kill Bad Meetings we visited The Meetings Show in London to see what was new in the field of large corporate meetings. As you would expect there were lots of venue providers and several technology providers who had automated the traditional administration tasks […]
From the co-located team in US that now has to deal with global expansion and offices opening in China and Japan; to swiftly formed transient project teams with members from all over the world who have to deliver a solution to a tricky challenge in a matter of months (or even days) without ever meeting […]
I have been talking to a number of people recently about the risks and opportunities of automation and augmentation. If automation gets rid of jobs, augmentation should help us become more successful by automating the routine part of our job and providing us with tools to be more productive. One area of interest in many […]
“Billionaire hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz calls P&G a suffocating bureaucracy” run the summer headlines – with Peltz blaming P&G’s matrix structure for its current woes and launching a proxy shareholder fight. However as we’ve said many times here before, it is not the matrix structure that is the problem it is the ways of […]
I was talking to some HR people in tech start-ups in California recently and they told me that, as organisations start to scale up and become more complex, they regularly hear from engineers who are frustrated. These engineers don’t wish to be “corporate” and threaten to leave to avoid the increasing complexity. At the same […]
Finance quote from @Euan on Twitter the other day “It is easier for organisations to digitise their dysfunctions than it is to face up to them.” It is very true and the conversation we are already having several of our clients. Our speciality is matrix and virtual working and digital initiatives that supercharging this way […]
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