How many of us ever welcome a meeting set up by the group centre? The number of HQ functions has been growing, and so is their power and influence. But only 10% of companies are happy with the performance of these teams. Are group functions doing everything they can and what is the best way for leaders to help group functions to support the business? What role should the CEO play? We summarise what little research there is.
Taking advantage of an era of uncertainty. “Reducing costs without a growth strategy is like driving into a carwash with the convertible top down”. What we can learn from recent recessions about the smart way to cut costs – when you have to. This is all about creating the right leadership focus on the right markets, service lines and customers.
Making matrix designs work – it’s a challenge receiving lots of attention from leaders, and little from experts. Seven pieces of practical advice to simplify, streamline and improve collaboration.
Despite accepted wisdom that the leaner and meaner the corporate centre the better, recent evidence show high performance companies are more likely to have a stronger (and slightly bigger) HQ. Three roles for an HQ and six steps to establishing the right centre.
Build capability, collaboration, buy-in and knowledge on issues that matter. Eight best practice tips for successful networks (sometimes called communities of interest) – and how they can go wrong.