This cast describes how to manage effectively in a Matrix Organization. (Not that we recommend it ;-) )

We've finally succumbed to the steady drumbeat of requests for "The Manager Tools Way" of dealing with how to survive and thrive in a matrix organization. A couple of years ago, Mark said he'd never do these casts. His rationale? "We've never done a cast about managing in an organization that employs corporal punishment [physical beatings] - why start down that path by talking about matrices?"

He was joking.


But he's come around, and he's come around fiercely. The fact is, as misguided as they are, matrix organizations are not only here and here to stay, they're likely to increase in number over the next 30 years. The fact that we disagree with them doesn't make them suddenly cease to exist.

We've got a lot of ground to cover, and some of it is background. But we start right out with our recommendations, and then spend some time building our case.

Welcome to the Matrix. We can't make you Neo -- but we can help.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How do I co-manage directs?
  • How do I resolve priority conflicts for my directs?
  • How do I assess performance in a matrix?

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