The networked organization reflects the need for organizations to work across the traditional ‘vertical’ silos of function and geography, but without adding additional horizontal structure (as you would in a formal matrix).
This more networked and fast changing way of working requires a high degree of flexibility and the skills to deal with this significant increase in complexity and ambiguity. Leadership, collaboration and personal effectiveness become very different in this more flexible world.
The skills of managing and collaborating in the network organization are similar to the ones we propose for matrix management – getting things done irrespective of your organizational structure.
We support people working in a networked environment in three key ways:
- leading the transformation – inspiration, consulting, coaching and support in how to communicate, role model and lead the change to a more networked way of working
- building capability – building the skills and people capability needed to lead and succeed in a networked organization, face-to-face, through webinar, online or blended.
- embedding new ways of working – change programs to introduce new ways of working in areas like meetings, travel and decision-making at scale across the organization
In our work at Global Integration, we help organizations develop the four elements of the ‘informal structure’ that networked organizations need for success: networks, communities, teams and groups. Each of these ways of working needs to be established, managed and supported in different ways.