Book review by Anna Brown – Managing the matrix: The secret to surviving and thriving in your organisation by Dawn Metcalfe
This is indeed a story telling book which takes you in the realities of working in a matrix environment. Opening the first page and reading the book is like walking into an office.
The office politics start, and as the heat gathers momentum the decision to either stay or jump ship comes in. Going back to childhood teachings ‘play nicely' capture the reader’s attention under the over used term in management 'team work' or ‘team player’. The desire to cooperate, build relationships and above all get involved suddenly kicks in and with management support; a lot of unanswered questions are answered. The result is more like ‘I was blind but now I can see’.
In essence, soft skills are important especially in a matrix organisation. These skills grow people and enable them to understand the complexities they may face. However when there is no line manager support, some people often get disillusioned and find it unbearable.
All ideas and techniques are applicable in a work environment making this book a good read for new entrants, staff seeking career progression within the organisation, line managers and HR managers.
4 stars: Strong, strongly recommended for managers and leaders
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