What You’ll Learn
Definition of a matrix
- Learn what makes an organization a matrix.
Map matrix roles and relationships
- Learn how to identify roles and relationships across the organization.
Build successful relationships across functions
- Learn how to approach every relationship as a partnership, regardless of positions on the org chart.
Get better results as a team
- Understand true collaboration and how to engage the right people in the collaborative process.
The cross-functional nature of modern business means that leaders often need to achieve results through diverse teams. Recent events now require many of these teams to work together virtually.
This online program shifts participants’ thinking about leadership and provides tools to help them adopt a new way of leading that doesn’t depend on authority.
What to Expect
Control your learning
There are five lessons in the course, and you control when you complete them. Each lesson includes a lecture and practice activities.
Coaching available if you need it
It’s your decision. If you want help with reviewing the content or examining the work you completed for the activities, or want to talk about application, consider adding coaching sessions with an expert in Matrix Management 2.0™. You can add them for yourself or for a small group, if you are completing this at the same time as other leaders in your organization.
This online program introduces participants to the basics of leading in a matrix—an organization that delivers results through cross-functional operations and sets the stage to shift your thinking about leading without authority. The course is delivered through our Learning Management platform and is self-directed.
The program is broken down into five lessons, and you can spread out the learning to give yourself time to absorb and reflect on course content and practice applying the tools and techniques you’ll learn.
Each lesson is summarized in your participant workbook which also includes assignments for that lesson.
If you add coaching session to your learning, you’ll be connected with a coach who will review assignments, answer questions, and provide tips and techniques for real-life application.
Lesson 1: What is a Matrix?
- Matrix organization: Learn to define this term based on how an organization operates instead of its organizational structure.
- Vertical and horizontal dimensions: Discover how each dimension functions in a matrix organization.
- Organizational charts: Understand the strengths and weaknesses of these ubiquitous diagrams.
- Horizontal map: Chart this dimension to reveal how work gets done in your organization.
- Business processes: Learn to recognize the three types of processes and how they work together.
- Organizational roles: Discover the horizontal and vertical roles in every organization and how individual roles shift.
Lesson 2: Matrix Leadership Mindsets
- Mindsets: Learn to identify the three mindsets and their effect on an individual’s actions.
- Triggers: Learn what causes an individual to move from an empowered state to an unempowered state.
- Sphere of control: Recognize what exists in an individual’s sphere of control.
- Axes of power: Learn how to use the power of choice to lead as an empowered individual.
Lesson 3: Relationships in a Matrix
- Organizational relationships: Understand the two types of relationships in every matrix organization
- Boss vs. Coach: Discover a key mental shift to help leaders foster the success of direct reports
- Horizontal relationships: Identify the different relationships found in processes and projects
- Relationship maps: Learn a tool for charting vertical and horizonal relationships to understand current roles
- Successful partnerships: Learn how to build and manage effective, win-win relationships
Lesson 4: Matrix Accountability
- Accountability systems: Recognize the two types of systems and how each influences leadership behavior
- Types of accountability: Learn about three types of accountability and how they work together to support leading without authority
- Leadership accountability: Discover key ways in which leaders need to support successful matrix operations
- Accountability portfolios: Learn two tools to document team and individual commitments to see who is doing what and to track resources
Lesson 5: Collaboration in a Matrix
- True collaboration: Redefine collaboration for more inclusion and better results
- Signs of collaboration: Recognize the look, sound, and feel of true collaboration
- Collaboration requirements: Learn the four essential ingredients required to support true collaboration
- Breaking down silos: Learn the importance of including stakeholders in collaborative processes to break down silos that exist in the organization
- Stakeholder maps: Learn to use this valuable tool for identifying the key stakeholders to include in the collaborative process