For today’s “Matrix Monday”, our regular look at some of the literature around matrix related topics, Phil Stockbridge reviews and summarises the Employee Engagement Toolkit from HRZONE.co.uk and Great Place to Work on behalf of our readers. This easy-to-read guide offers the reader a useful summary of the latest thinking on engagement, with contributions from Cranfield, Pennsylvania […]
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Tim Mitchell offers advice on influencing people – and whilst he’s discussing a matrix or virtual environment, the advice holds true for most environments. One of the key issues that many of our course participants face when working in a matrix environment is the move away from ‘Power’ (ie the ability to tell) to ‘Influence’ […]
We work with large multinational organizations and in the past a fairly reliable indicator of a slowdown in business is an extension of decision-making times, a reluctance to make a final decision, and an increase in the number of people involved. This may indicate a growing aversion to risk, or perhaps that people have less […]
Consultant Phil Stockbridge takes a closer look at ” Virtual Teams; a Literature Review” by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari Taha – a review of a review! One of the strengths of the article is a massive – 5 pages – of references of the literature these researchers trawled through, although they missed […]
I used to work in both manufacturing and in business planning. In these roles, if I’d gone to my boss and proposed a new manufacturing line that made 50% scrap or proposed to develop a new product that only worked half the time, I think I would, quite rightly, have been fired. But in communication […]
In an information economy the scarcest resource is attention and many of us have outsourced the decision on what we pay attention to to others! Spam, unnecessary e-mails, meetings and other forms of communication represent the theft of my scarcest resource. So instead of accepting unnecessary meeting invites, paying attention to “interruption communication” that arrives […]
Earlier this month we offered a copy of “Making the Matrix Work, Ho Matrix Managers Engage People and Cut Through Complexity” – the latest book by business author Kevan Hall, a stress ball, and a copy of Speed Lead to the 100th person to like our Facebook page. The winner was Sonsoles Morales, herself an executive coach: […]
Continuing our appraisals in a matrix series…. Who should evaluate performance? The simple answer is “the people best placed to observe it.” It is useful to have a list of individuals prepared to give you objective feedback on your performance. If your company has a 360° feedback system, this can be an excellent tool for people […]
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