Entries by Kevan Hall

Transformation starts when senior leaders change their behaviours

A recent Harvard business review article Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them revisits the relatively high failure rate of transformation efforts reported by McKinsey, and proposes that leaders need to start by focusing less on their organizations and more on themselves. This is very evident in our work with senior groups leading […]

Matrix management is the secret to great leadership development?

Matrix management often gets criticized for increasing complexity. Accountability without control, influence without authority and multiple team membership does have its challenges; but it looks like being exposed to these is the secret of a successful leadership career. A recent Harvard business review article quotes a Deloitte study of executives from more than 2,000 organisations. They […]

New vision, new website

At our last global team meeting we took some time to review our purpose and vision. The spur to do this was a continuing evolution in the work we do and the feedback we received from our clients and participants. We took the time to reflect on this and also to think about what motivated […]

Great question to ask a new management team

I was delivering a keynote speech to a supply chain meeting at Lego-Land Denmark recently, an interesting and fun location for a meeting. The session before mine ended with a Q&A for a relatively new group of leaders who had come in to manage a more integrated supply chain organization. This was the first meeting […]

Getting comfortable with ambiguity

When we work with organisations new to matrix management, one of the key requests from their people is to improve the clarity of their goals and roles. This can lead to what we call the clarity trap. In this situation we have introduced a multidimensional structured way of working, such as a matrix or network […]