Working in a matrix should make us more flexible, productive and effective. So why am I finding it long-winded, hard and messy?
Matrix management is when reporting operates along both task and people lines. We are hearing from more and more people in the NFP sector that their organisation has developed a matrix structure. This can be either a formal matrix structure or an informal structure where people need to work in a matrix fashion. The sort of thing we hear from managers is:
If that sounds familiar, help is at hand: we’ve put together five top tips to help you manage your matrix, and move it from messy to meaningful. These tips come from own experiences, our expertise in leadership and management, and from the discussions we’ve had with participants on our training courses:
You might not be able to do this all in a single pass, but by addressing these key areas you should find that working in a matrix can be hugely effective. Have a look at our top tips on working in a matrix too.
We can help you and your team navigate your matrix in a range of ways – from consultancy, to team away days, to skills development programmes. Contact us online or call us on 020 7978 1516 to discuss how we can help you and your teams sort out your matrix.
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Clare Segal, Director