Full organizational agility is about sensing the market and adapting to change faster than those around you; and then being lean and swift in your delivery of that change. As Bank of Montreal (BMO)’s chief transformation officer, Lynn Roger, puts it, “speed is the new business currency.” Managers should consider agility as an overarching principle […]
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One of the key tenets of agile methodology is that team members sit and work side-by-side, with frequent face-to-face communication. Can this technique be adapted to remote and digital working? The answer is yes, and here’s how: Project visualization As one remote engineering firm explains, online project management tools such as Trello can replace moving […]
It seems like everyone is attempting to be more ‘Agile’ nowadays. But what does this actually mean for your area of the business? If we clearly understand the underlying principles of Agile working, we can make more informed choices as to what aspects to try out in our reality. Our clients have very different definitions […]
Organizational network analysis, using surveys and email analytics to map the informal channels of communication across a company, reveals how unevenly the ‘collaboration load’ tends to be spread across individuals. On the one hand this means a lot of wasted talent – according to extensive research by network expert and professor of Global Business at […]
Extensive studies of communications traffic, and who actually talks to who, have identified unexpected practical information about what makes an effective network, and how this changes with time. Father of the field of ‘organizational network analysis’ (ONA), Prof Rob Cross’s decade of research has revealed that it usually takes 3 to 5 years for a […]
A hackathon: conjures up images of hundreds of techies furiously programming away in a room full of futuristic gadgets, coming up with amazing ideas for how to get us more addicted to our smartphones…. How does this relate to our own day-to-day world of matrix or complex organizations? What can we borrow from how they […]
Three decades ago we were worrying about silos, and we still are today. This is in part because as humans we’ve been hard-wired to build strong bonds with those in our immediate group – and disparage those who are outside (or ‘in-group vs. out-group’ bias as the social psychologists term it). It is also because […]
Can you tell how trustworthy someone is by analysing a sample of their blood? The answer is yes. By drawing blood from people’s arms before and after a psychological test, researchers found that the amount of oxytocin people naturally produced when asked to share money with a stranger predicted how trustworthy they would be. A […]
With Amazon set to clean up once again after this year’s holiday season spending spree – it is worth taking a moment to reflect on how they do it. What is powering them to exponential success is a super slick ecosystem-wide matrix organization. On the other side of the world, Alibaba is doing the same. […]
A lot has been made of the tech giant and Silicon Valley start-up culture of fail fast, take risks, experiment and learn (and rightly so). The question is, can this really translate into big traditional companies who are trying to keep up? Former Intel president Renee James is now CEO of a semiconductor start-up, so […]
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