Managing the matrix is written by Dawn Metcalfe and published by
This is not a fiction, though the form of writing is very
engaging. It is a much needed business book, that teach us the importance of emotional
intelligence. Across globe, emphasis is laid on improving the technical skills,
but to survive in an organization emotional intelligence plays an equal
When I joined corporate, I had management degree, I thought it
was enough to survive in an organization. But I was totally ill prepared for
the politics, stress, negotiations that a job brings. One word of advice, don’t
consider this book as soft skills sales pitch, look from a broader angle and
then Managing the matrix will make sense to you.
The story starts with Debra, who was not in good mood. Her
colleague had been promoted, she was eyeing this position for long. She believed
that she is always better than the colleague, except she is not into playing
politics. She thought of leaving the organization, but before that she had to
attend training session with Johann. They work in an environment which have
multiple and complex reporting lines- a matrix organization. Surviving in matrix
organization, definitely needs a training in EI. The sessions with Johann,
start giving her a different perspective towards problem solving and surviving.
The book also highlights the value of
coaching and mentoring, which is often ignored in organization.
I liked the “Key Takeaways” as it sums up the whole chapter. The
chapters also move on to action steps, and by the time you are half way
through, things will start making sense.
The book is not at all a drab, infact the story telling writing
style is pretty refreshing. It is highly recommended for corporate goers and
also for all those who are going to enter the corporate world. Many people drop
out or waste there career, as they find themselves ill-equipped to handle
This book will help them in understanding a different and useful
perspective, towards corporate survival technique.