THE SILO MENTALITY: HOW TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS

@Forbes by Brent Gleeson
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CAUTION! SILOS AHEAD (EXCERPT)

“The silo mindset does not appear accidentally nor is it a coincidence that most organizations struggle with interdepartmental turf wars. When we take a deeper look at the root cause of these issues, we find that more often than not silos are the result of a conflicted leadership team.

Many executives may look at their organization and dismiss department inefficiencies and lack of cross-functional solutions with immature employees, lack of basic training, or simply the inability for some employees to play nicely with one another. Unfortunately, while these behaviors may be a result of the silo mentality; it is not the root cause. These assumptions will actually lead to long term harm to the organization as a whole by creating resentment and cynicism within the teams. Most employees become frustrated with their department and the organization as a whole when they have identified the problems, but can’t do anything about it. It is the responsibility of the leadership team to recognize this and rise above to create effective, long-term solutions that are scalable, executable, and realistic.”



UNIFY OR DIE

Alleviating the Silo Mentality is all about having a united front across all collaborating parties – successfully executing a collaborative endeavor requires a unified vision, a common goal, and incentives that promote such unification. If there is no effort put into unifying silos, collaboration becomes futile. We at Ignite cannot stress enough the importance of having a culture and structure of togetherness; our Collaboration Growth Stream (COLAB/X) is driven by our belief that silos can effectively collaborate when their respective strengths, aspirations, and needs can come together towards a unified endeavor.