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How to Be a Brilliant Leader, revised 2nd Edition by Simon Cooper

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Leading cross functional teams

Increasingly, larger organisations (especially those with a technology focus) are adopting a matrix management approach to provide flexibility and efficient use of resources. This is not as complex as it sounds. Staff members sit in functional teams where all team members share a common expertise. They are then allocated to project teams (sometimes referred to as virtual teams) to work on specific projects or assignments alongside other staff members who are drawn from different functional teams.

Strategically, this approach makes a great deal of sense, but on the ground level it causes leadership challenges for both the functional team leader ...

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