I have the good fortune of meeting with business leaders to discuss the health, or unhealth, of their companies. Very often – very often, when asked about the source of their problems, leaders point “down”. The problems are happening down below, in the rank and file….or so they say. And, most leaders are really frustrated with the discord – can’t people just get along?! Well, here’s the thing….what might look like a can’t-play-nice-in-the-sandbox issue, might be something bigger…..
Often, the bigger issue (masked as a personality problem) is one of “silos”. As many of you know, I’m big on perspective…perspective in healthy relationships, perspective in good communication, perspective in team dynamics, and perspective in productive interactions. Silos limit perspective. Silos allow departments to live autonomously – in their own fiefdom, free of concern or interaction with other departments. This causes breakdowns and waste within organizations.
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