One of the potential disadvantages of a matrix organization is an increase in the number of meetings. As people experience more than one boss and are members of multiple virtual teams the number of meetings can proliferate.
A key matrix management challenge lies in how to be more connected but at the same time effective. In addition to this, more and more meetings in matrix organizations are conducted virtually rather than face-to-face.
We have worked for 20 years with large organizations trying to simplify and speed up cooperation and meetings are a significant time stealer. In many organizations, professional and managerial people spend two days per week in meetings and tell us that 50% of the content is irrelevant.
To celebrate our 20th birthday we have decided to make some of our ideas in this field available free through our Better Meetings Campaign.
The campaign consists of some online resources to enable you to measure the cost and effectiveness of your existing meetings,and a series of six steps designed to help you overcome some of the key challenges in having fewer, better meetings.
When you join the campaign, we will send you a free booklet containing tips, ideas and targets each week for six weeks. The process will show you how to cut out unnecessary meetings and improve the quality of those that remain.
You can even take our better meetings survey and see how your meetings compare with others.
- If you have seen an increase in the number of face-to-face and virtual meetings following the implementation of a matrix organization, why not share that experience in the comments box below? We’ll take a look and see if we have some existing resources to help.
- Who else do you think would find the Better Meetings Campaign useful? Please feel free to send them the details.
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