Matrix Management Magazine
This month we are looking at the concept of matrix maturity – the ongoing growth and optimization of an organizational matrix as its members develop a deeper understanding of their roles within it. As a case in point, we offer the Grocery Manufacturers Association – a trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Many organizations and leaders have heard about “matrix management” and are eager to learn more. They are embracing the fact that a matrix needs to be managed differently, and leadership teams are ready to begin incorporating matrix concepts into their organizational strategy, but they don’t always know where to begin.
Are you leading a medium to large-sized organization with multiple business strategies? If so, you are operating in a matrix, and effectively pursuing more than one business strategy simultaneously requires matrix maturity. Matrix-mature organizations use an up-to-date organizational operating system.
Organizations ready to shift from Vertical Management 1.0 (VM 1.0) to the Matrix Management 2.0™ (MM 2.0™) Operating System (OS) don't do it in a single leap. Instead, organizational leaders engage in an ongoing process of reinventing the way they manage and lead.
Even with the most competitive business strategy, if you want to win the game, you need the most effective organizational operating system.
An interview with Les Handford, Senior Consultant, Handford Consulting (Member SM Solutions Professional Network)
I’m sure you'll agree that certain professions have a specific technology for delivering their products and services. IT professionals use software and hardware technology, physicians use science and medicine technology, and engineers use engineering technology. The same is true for organizational development professionals. Our technology is management technology.
What do you do when you're feeling sick and don't know what's wrong? You've got aches and pains, lumps and bumps, low energy, can’t sleep—and you’ve been taking over-the-counter medication for months and still aren’t getting any better. Do you just keep doing what you’ve been doing, or do you get a diagnosis?
There is an essential truism in our world: in order to play a game well, you need to know the rules.
There are seven keys to creating a successful portfolio of projects. These keys highlight what management needs to do to enable project teams across the organization to be effective and efficient.