THREE POWERFUL AND COMPLEMENTARY APPROACHES TO BOOSTING CROSS-SILO COLLABORATION

@Management Kits by Olaf Bach
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FROM THE AUTHOR

“There are essentially three approaches you can use to boost cross-silo collaboration in organizations. First, you can build structural links to support key processes that require cross-divisional collaboration. Second, whatever structural setup you’re in, you can develop management practices that promote collaboration across silos. Third, you can align your performance management not solely along silos but with shared objectives between functions. These three approaches are most powerful if pursued simultaneously and in a way that makes use of their complementary natures.”


ARE THEY REALLY ESSENTIAL?

Without a doubt! These approaches towards improved cross-silo collaboration are complementary approaches, meaning one cannot succeed without the presence of the other two. Otherwise, the strengths, objectives, and needs of each collaborating silo won’t mesh with those of other silos, making collaborating futile. Incorporating these approaches with one another is a challenge, one that Ignite seeks to tackle in our Collaboration Growth Stream. At Ignite we believe that people can effectively collaborate when the strengths, aspirations, and needs of each silo are valued and understood throughout all silos involved.