When organizations start to become more integrated globally, this inevitably leads to more global projects, processes and systems. People who used to work for a local boss in a local context suddenly become part of global virtual teams or have dotted or even solid line reporting to managers in global roles in different locations. The […]
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In a matrix management environment individuals may have more than one boss, a complex network of stakeholders and be part of several virtual teams. As a result they may be the only individual who has a complete view of their own role. Each of the other parties may only see part of the goals and […]
When people go through our training in matrix management, virtual teams and global working they leave equipped with some new ideas and a range of tools that they can use to work more effectively, cut out unnecessary costs and deliver faster within a complex environment. However when they go back to work with radical ideas […]
Like most industries, learning and development is being disrupted by technology. But all disruption brings both challenge and opportunity. Some blended or online learning approaches can bring significant value and reduced cost relative to face-to-face learning. The challenge is delivering the learning outcomes and changing behaviour we want at optimum cost. I think most learning […]
When you’re working with the training provider there is always a trade-off between using off-the-shelf materials (which are often cheaper) and more tailored solutions which take more time to diagnose and develop. Off-the-shelf solutions are fine provided you have a standard need. Most people can follow a common format to learn basic presentation skills for […]
Greece bailout – learning for the balance of trust and control at work During the negotiations about the latest Greek bailout, trust was the keyword in granting $80Bn of support. We always knew trust was valuable, now we know just how much it is worth. Unfortunately the EU tied to mitigate distrust with control, sending […]
European rules and French cheese Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration was recently having lunch with a French client who was struggling with an increasing number of HQ controls and rules. As we enjoyed some excellent cheese I was reminded of when I lived in Strasbourg. Our works restaurant manager had been complaining about […]
Is functional excellence conflicting with matrix success? We often see in our clients that the move to a matrix structure (driven usually by a desire to improve cooperation across functional and geographic silos) happens at the same time as a drive for “functional excellence” the introduction of global standards, governance and systems with in the […]
20 people cannot be a team. I was watching the news in the UK about the new Conservative Government’s Cabinet “team”. This consists of more than 20 people regularly gathering around an old fashioned boardroom table, with the important people of course, close to the middle. Anyone who has attended a meeting or conference call […]
Kevan Hall, CEO of Global Integration, shares his experiences. I got very rude comment on one of my YouTube videos calling me a NWO @&£@&@£. When I clicked through on the commenter’s profile, it was a very well armed American lady. I had to look up NWO (New World Order) as I hadn’t realised that […]
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