Matrix Management Magazine
Why don't Sales and Marketing just get along?
Why are they so often at war with each other?
Everyone seems to think their projects are different, but actually, that's not true.
Companies invest a huge sum of money to figure out how to move the boxes around on the org chart. Months or even a year or more of planning go into figuring out what the perfect vertical structure should be and then they announce the restructure and throw the whole mess over the wall to the HR/OD people.
We’re consistently asked how to develop leaders so they can work better in a matrix and what are the core competencies that they will need.
I smile when asked this, because I know my answer is going to surprise them.
Innovation isn't something that's just reserved for R&D--it’s something that needs to be enterprise-wide. But the goal of creating enterprise-wide innovation is just that, a future goal.
Whatever happened to training people in project management skills?
One of their constant complaints is they want more engagement. The nerve of them to want to make a contribution, to use the skills they paid so dearly for in the form of college loans. How dare they think they should have a say in how things are done. What do they know?
Well, they actually know quite a lot.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, "The customer is king!" It’s been around since about the 1990's and the expression has become ubiquitous. But have you considered where this expression came from in the first place?
Because it’s creating tyranny in our projects and organizations.
If you've recently been put in charge of an important project or initiative, you're probably experiencing a range of emotions, from excitement to possibly some uneasiness.
One of the seven leading causes of depression and anxiety cited by Johann Hari in his book, Lost Connections, is the loss of connection or engagement at work.
It's like our organizations are made up of the living dead. Maybe that's why zombie movies are so popular?