matrix management

A successful manager dances a delicate dance. On one hand, he has to exert a confident sense of purpose and direction and efficiently communicate strategy and tactics to his team. On the other hand, while his team expects him to genuinely lead the charge, it is also imperative that he intelligently work with his team, welcoming all input and collaborative motions so that he can competently lay the tracks in front of the racing locomotive of progress such that it continues to move make sure that things are moving in the best direction. The Matrix Manager Inventory: Leading in a, Read More

Businesses have cross-functional and multi-functional teams, virtual environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships.  They are now being replaced with organizational charts that look more like a spiderweb than anything else! The keyword is Matrix Management. And it’s a good thing. Here’s why: Simply put, you can’t do today’s work with yesterday’s top-down approach. There was a time when a single chain of command drove performance but withith the emergence of workforce globalization, customer insistence, and technology fluctuation, this once-effective approach has become a hindrance to creativity, innovation, and accountability. Success now comes from collaborating with multiple touch points and building dynamic, Read More

By Matrix Manager Inventory author, James Eicher There’s little doubt that collaboration improves individual and organizational performance. Two studies—the first conducted in 2006 and the second in 2009—conclude that collaboration has a significant impact on business performance, more so than organizational strategy and market turbulence. In fact, collaboration effects virtually every aspect of an organization, from productivity to sales and profit growth, product development, innovation, customer satisfaction, and quality. So the next question is: What enables a collaborative environment to thrive? Well, managing now is different than it used to be. Modern organizations are more complex than ever, filled with all, Read More

Why is collaboration so important? It’s a buzzword that gets tossed around the office.  It may result in a few managers getting excited, a training program being arranged, and an afternoon of collaboration cheerleading. Too often, the next day, employees wonder what it all meant and still don’t know why they should care about collaboration. But we should care about collaboration! The problems we face today are much more complex than they have been in the past, and they require various players to come to the table. We need the skill set offered by both the hard and soft business, Read More

HRDQ will be hosting a webinar, presented by Jim Eicher, on Wednesday, January 18, 2011, from 2pm – 3pm EST. Overview Multi-functional teams, virtual work environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships. Modern organizations are shaped more like complex spider webs than the triangular flowcharts we learned about in Management 101. And this new structure is stretching the competencies and capabilities of even the best managers. To achieve success in today’s world, managers need a new skill set—one that enables them to shift their focus from a traditional “command and control” approach to a more fluid and flexible “influence and collaboration” strategy. Join, Read More

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