There is a lot of interest at the moment in micro learning and on demand learning. This involves packaging learning into bite size chunks which makes them easier to digest and making them available so that people can access them at the point at which they need them. It is a great idea and we’ve […]
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What temperature is your team today? A recent paper by Danish researchers Burton, Obel and Hakonsson argue that a successful matrix organization will inherently have both a ‘high-tension’ and a ‘high-readiness to change’ climate. High-readiness for change in a matrix organization doesn’t mean overhauling the structure every two years – it means top management handing […]
I read several articles about networking recently, several of them equate networking with collaboration. However, networking itself does not create value or collaboration, you can have a lot of connections but unless you engage them to achieve something, it may do no more than help your LinkedIn profile look good. The essence of the network […]
If you don’t think the digital work revolution will have an impact on you, ask a cab driver. Digital disruption can happen fast and everywhere, and it’s coming to the everyday world of work. We are all using our Uber app to get home now; our AirBnB app to book somewhere to stay on holiday; […]
For the skills of leading and working in traditional teams, we often use sports metaphors and language. Indeed, some successful figures from the field of sports are paid large sums to lecture to business people on what they have learned in this environment, about the lessons of teamwork and how these lessons can be applied […]
As technology experts IBM reverse years of remote working and demand techies return to co-location hubs, how can the rest of us hope to make virtual working flourish? Technology giants from IBM to Google love to entice us into a virtual working world where anything can be achieved by colleagues scattered from Kazakhstan to Japan. […]
I have been visiting Dubai for nearly 20 years now for both business and pleasure and was there again in the last month working with a group of high potential managers on some of the challenges of managing accountability without control in an international matrix organization in the region. As always I was struck by the […]
I was recently discussing with a client in the middle east a common challenge as companies become more connected and more integrated – a tendency for decision making to get slower. They were using a tool called DICE, a variant of the better known RACI process. In DICE we identify the Decision maker, who should […]
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 […]
At our global team meeting last week one of my colleagues used a phrase that really made me think “the matrix is about surfacing conflict not collaboration”. Many organisations introduce a matrix explicitly to improve the amount of communication and collaboration across the traditional vertical silos, usually geography and function. In a formal matrix structure […]
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