Recently French courts ruled that a French Rentokil Director had the ‘right to disconnect’ and ordered Rentokil to pay a 60,000 euro fine. However, it is also right to disconnect – research has found that when it comes to solving complex problems, we are more innovative and effective if we are ‘intermittently on’ versus ‘always […]
With everything evolving at such speed nowadays, it is easy to feel out of control over what those we manage are up to. The temptation is to ask for more status updates, interim reports and quick briefing calls. Like many temptations, in the long term this is not good for us or the business, and […]
The business world loves an acronym and one that’s been doing the rounds in the last few years is VUCA – the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world we now work in. For many of us this probably does seem a pretty good description of our current internal and external environment. If this is the […]
As psychologists have been telling us for years, it is human nature for us to create groups and try and stay within them – whether that be in families, football teams or corporate functions. Yet today’s hyper-connected business world requires us to become ‘boundary-spanning leaders’. As this is contrary to our in-built human tendencies, this […]
Traditional project management training assumes a relatively simple people management environment. However, projects increasingly operate virtually with project team members in different locations and sometimes different cultures and time zones. Proponents of agile methodology insist that teams should be co-located and that meetings should be face-to-face, but this doesn’t match the reality of our projects. […]
The advantages and problems associated with matrix organizations are well-versed – but overall do the benefits outweigh the challenges? Researchers in South Africa were keen to answer this question. Despite looking out for issues such as: tendencies towards anarchy, power struggles, decision strangulation, unclear roles and excessive overhead costs, they found that the respondents rated […]
As projects in many organisations become more complex they become more “horizontal”, they increasingly cut across the traditional vertical silos of functions, geography and business units. Whether the organization has a formal matrix structure or not these projects create their own “matrix” which needs to be mastered for the project to succeed. Project managers need […]
What would you rather be, spoon-fed or in charge of your learning? I’m guessing I know which most of us would choose. With the drive towards more learner-centred training, self-directed learning and workplace learning – we have far more control over what we learn than ever before. This is good news. But with that control […]
As organizations seek to get the benefits of agile working, one of key practices of agile, the daily face to face stand-up meeting, is being rolled out widely. The idea originated in the tightly interdependent world of software development where small dedicated teams, where all individuals are in the same location, hold a short morning […]
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