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Making the Matrix Work: How Matrix Managers Engage People and Cut Through Complexity: How Matrix Managers Can Engage People and Cut Through Complexity of Kevan Hall 1st (first) Edition on 07 February 2013
Very similar in style to his previous book "Speed Lead" so if you liked that one you'll like this one too.
The book deals essentially with three aspects of working in a Matrix -- Clarity, Co-operation and Control offering practical tips and advice on how to get the right balance in each area -- i.e. neither too much or too little of each. As well as the practical and pragmatic tips which I find very useful, I also like the fact that it contains many case studies are stories from business people from around the globe which illustrated what it takes to make it work, as well as the mistakes you can make.
This book is aimed at people who find themselves in a matrix and want to know what to do to make it work. I think it complements nicely Galbraith's book "Designing Matrix Organizations that Actually Work" which is more aimed at the Organizational Development Community. So I'd expect this book to have a wider audience.
Easy reading and easy to understand. The information has assisted me with several presentations and I've utilized some of the problem-solving techniques covered in the book.
I reorganized the Country team into a matrix organization. Also globally the company is moving to a matrix organization. Therefore the book provided many lessons and tools to enhance the effectiveness of both local and global team. Also provided me with several reflection points of how to be a more effective leader in this new world. I took many notes comparing how we did put in place our local matrix and the expert advice from the book, and found several areas of learning and opportunities for improvement.
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