As corporate culture consultants, we see a lot of organizations with talented people who are operating in silos. Many times these silos develop over time for various reasons. It may be territorial actions to protect turf, a result of people being hyper-focused on what they need to accomplish, or a lack of executive focus on creating a big picture that everyone embraces and sees themselves in. Whatever the reason, these silos become major barriers and impact how effective the organization and its teams can become. Leaders must be able to recognize them and give significant attention to how to address them.
Here are four major reasons to tear down silos.
Silos can lead to:
Silos are usually a signal of a culture that is not aligned with the strategy of the organization. Thankfully, more leaders recognize that the culture of an organization is the driver of the strategy and when the two are not connected it has a direct effect on engagement and productivity. In the complex nature of today’s business environment collaboration can be critical to performance. Collaboration allows people to have a common goal and work together to achieve it in a more efficient manner. A Work.com study found that 97 percent of employees and executives agreed that the level of collaboration directly impacts the outcome of a task or project.
Four ways for leaders to improve collaboration and performance
Some of the behaviors that align with collaboration are being open to ideas, respecting the priorities and time of others, taking responsibility for your actions and being responsive to requests.
Imagine if most teams and organizations made collaboration a value that they reinforced and incorporated into their culture.
Mimi and Randie
Mimi and Randie are principals of Merzad Consulting. They possess a limitless appetite to find simple and fun ways to bring learning to organizations. They believe organizations achieve maximum productivity when their leaders value the strengths and interests of their team members and leverage their complementary talents and contribution. They are most passionate about creating high performing, innovative and collaborative cultures that harnesses the untapped potential within the organization. They specialize in the development and alignment of high performing individuals, teams and organizations.