Recent McKinsey research found that many global companies are constantly changing their organization structure. Almost 60 percent of the respondents told us they had experienced a redesign within the past two years. McKinsey attribute this to the increasing pace of strategic change and I’m sure there is some truth in this. However, it also reflects what I […]
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I visited a client in Europe recently. It was a very large organization with a long history of financial success. It had a dominant position in its own domestic market and a strong market for quality products worldwide. Most of their managers had grown up secure in the knowledge that their company was one of […]
In recent weeks I’ve been having two separate conversations with very large clients (each with more than 250,000 employees). Who have both separately and neatly encapsulated a key dilemma in being a global company; finding the balance of leverage and agility. One of them spent some time explaining to me that their recent reorganization was […]
Many of our clients offer “transition” training programs for leaders making a transition from one level to another. These might typically be offered: – When the leader takes on people management for the first time – When the leader moves into middle management and is managing other managers for the first time. – When the […]
A recent McKinsey article “Revisiting the matrix organization” quotes a Gallup survey finding that employees in matrix feel less clear about what’s expected of them than their non-matrixed counterparts. But maybe other findings in the survey show that this is a good thing! A disappointing finding is that most people in organizations, whether matrixed or […]
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