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. […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In a recent blog we reviewed the research on what delivery methods work best for what situations (blended, f2f or online). eLearning is an important part of the blended jigsaw – and as we’ve seen is a cost-effective way of offering: Pre-work to engage Key information and links from learning to company strategy Follow up […]
Projects have long been how we get things done in complex organizations. But as the rate of change and the complexity of our organizations increase we need to make sure that our project management skills and way of working are fit for today’s challenges and ready for the future. Projects are increasingly “horizontal” cutting across […]
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