Manager Development


The Matrix Manager Inventory :Manager Development

Leading skills for today’s collaborative world.

Managing in today’s complex environment is more challenging than ever. With multi-functional teams, virtual work environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships, the once “neat-n-tidy” hierarchical flowcharts we learned about in Management 101 are being replaced with what looks more like a spider’s web—a matrix, if you will. And all of this makes the “simple” job of getting things done, well, not so simple. Learn More at Click here to visit HRDQ


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Authors: James P. Eicher, MA, John E. Jones, PhD, and William L. Bearley, EdD

Leading skills for today’s collaborative world. Managing in today’s complex environment is more challenging than ever. With multi-functional teams, virtual work environments, and dotted-line reporting relationships, the once “neat-n-tidy” hierarchical flowcharts we learned about in Management 101 are being replaced with what looks more like a spider’s web—a matrix, if you will. And all of this makes the “simple” job of getting things done, well, not so simple.

The trend toward matrix management has created the need for a new leadership skill set, one that helps managers to flex and shift their focus away from a traditional “command and control” approach to a more fluid and flexible “influence and collaboration” strategy.

Introducing the Matrix Manager Inventory: Leading in a Collaborative Environment, the timely assessment and training program that’s designed to help both new and seasoned managers to acquire and develop the ability to flex between “command and control” and “influence and collaborate” management.Click here to visit HRDQ

Learning Outcomes


Learn how to balance the skills required of traditional and matrix management Understand the matrix management decision-making criteria Build a “spectrum” of skills and behaviors that drive successful influence and collaboration Define the role set or network needed to be a successful matrix manager Overcome the daily dilemmas and challenges of matrix management

With the Matrix Manager Inventory, your managers will become well-equipped to navigate the dynamics of matrix management, handle constant change with confidence, influence performance when there is no direct control, and achieve the results that drive organizational success.

How It Works The Matrix Manager Inventory training package offers a mix of self-assessment, workbook activities, and classroom workshop. Its primary audience is mid-level managers and project managers who need to manage globally dispersed teams. The Matrix Manager Inventory is also beneficial to executives, individual contributors, and consultants who need to perform successfully in global organizational environments. Click here to visit HRDQ

What to Order The 40-item self-assessment is available in both print and online formats. Order one assessment and workbook per learner. The facilitator guide includes everything you need to administer the assessment and lead a successful training workshop.

If you are new to this product we highly recommend HRDQ QuickStart Training, whether you are a novice trainer or a seasoned facilitator. It’s an excellent way to quickly get up to speed on the assessment so you can step into your first training class with confidence. Personalized, one-on-one telephone coaching is provided at your convenience. Our subject matter experts will review the entire package with you, offer ideas for tailoring the program to your specific needs, discuss typical participant questions, and more. Click here to visit HRDQ




About the Authors
James P. Eicher, MA A well-respected author and consultant, Jim Eicher is a subject matter expert in the fields of sales, organizational strategy, leadership, and communication. He has held leadership roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, Andersen Worldwide, Symantec, and NetApp. He was also the founder of Cognitive Management, a training and consulting firm with worldwide clients such as Xerox, Reuters, Sony, Simon and Schuster, Amdahl, and Nortel. Jim is the author of the Leader-Manager Profile and the Neuro-Linguistic Communication Profile as well as the highly acclaimed book on management communication, Making the Message Clear.

John E. Jones, PhD Dr. John Jones (1935-2003) was the president of Organizational Universe Systems. He was best known as the co-founder of University Associates and the co-editor of the experience-based training and consulting handbooks and annuals. He consulted regularly with such clients as AT&T, Baxter Healthcare, Coors, GMC, Xerox, Kaiser-Permanente, Hughes Aircraft, ARC International, and numerous not-for-profit organizations in education and government. William L. Bearley, EdD
Dr. Bearley is vice president of Organizational Universe Systems. He is an information systems and organization development consultant, combining his computer expertise with a solid background in human resources. He collaborated with Dr. John Jones on instrumentation in team building, decision making, burnout, and organizational change. He consults with numerous clients, such as AT&T, Honeywell, Xerox, L’Oreal, and many educational and healthcare organizations.




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