I was talking to some expatriates in United Arab Emirates last week. There were Chinese construction experts working in Iran, American telecoms engineers working in Afghanistan, a Scottish railway expert advising Dubai and a whole range of other permutations. As we discussed training a common refrain came out “the local nationals get training but the […]
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One of the key reasons that organizations introduce a matrix organization structure is to cut across the traditional “vertical” silos of function and geography. Leading organizations have realised that work doesn’t fit into these neat functional and geographic silos any more. Global customers want a common point of contact, supply chains cut across the traditional […]
Some of you may remember a post about TH Ong’s long service celebration a few weeks back, where we mentioned that T.H. he chose to use his long service award money to help set up a scholarship fund in Cambodia. Kevan Hall, Global Integration’s CEO, agreed to match T.H’s contribution with Global Integration’s funds, and […]
Most of the training programs I run on matrix, virtual and global working include participants from a range of different cultures, sometimes from all around the world. I’m also participant myself as most of my work is conducted outside UK – over 20 countries so far this year. Having done this for many years I’ve […]
In one of the exercises in our matrix management training, we ask people to analyse different styles of decision-making in their organizations. We get them to map the different styles on a graph where the axes are ‘involvement’ and ‘time’. Of course, decisions that involve more people and higher levels of consensus tend to take […]
Kevan Hall urges thinking carefully before regulation to prevent the problems of the past, created in part by micromanagement, inadvertently leads to more of the same. Nobody ever sits down and plans their development or career goals saying “You know I would really like to become a micromanager”. Often the seeds of micromanagement come from […]
Well not exactly; but maybe, says Robyn Green in our regular Matrix Monday Review. Recent research – published by Brooks, Dai and Schweitzer – conducted multiple studies to understand whether or not superfluous apologies increased or decreased trust. The authors defined superfluous apologies as “expressions of regret for an undesirable circumstance that is clearly outside of […]
Our consultant Phil Stockbridge has a smile on his face, and who can blame him! He was instrumental in helping Global Integration’s selection as a training/consultancy supplier to Sharing in Growth, an exciting initiative designed to help the UK stay competitive in the aerospace field – a significant UK employer, with three thousand companies employing […]
The location of your HQ as a factor in building a global organization I have visited the HQs of many of the world’s leading companies over the last 20 years. They range from towering skyscrapers with ten thousand or more people running a centralized organization to lean central offices in shared buildings with a very […]
Last week we promised that for the next few weeks our ‘Matrix Monday’ posts (which look at some of the articles and literature related to the matrix) would be some of our own revisited. This week, we’ve done exactly that, and I’ve picked out four articles discussing teams and teamwork for you to enjoy: On […]
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