Silos can play a harmful role – Breaking down organizational silos
One of the biggest barriers to business transformation are the dreaded silos. Silo thinking is the real innovation and agility killer
Business silos can occur in global corporations or start-up ventures with just a few employees. And no matter the size, they are detrimental to an organization’s ability to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Business silos, just like agricultural silos hold something important and make it hard to get at. That’s good when one is protecting wheat and corn from rain & snow.
But it’s bad when one is trying to change across departments and divisions. And the bigger the company the more harmful a role silos play. Silos create an environment where sharing and collaborating for anything other than one silo’s special interests is virtually impossible.
A siloed organization cannot act quickly on opportunities
Remember! Companies don’t change because they want to. They change because they are forced to by customers, by competition, by advances in science and technology and by government regulation.
Overcome organizational silos
But it doesn’t work unless leadership leads and helps everyone understand why change must happen and why they need to work together in new and different ways toward a common goal.
Creating a compelling case for change is a critical step in breaking down silos. Try to guess who said the following, and when:
It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success nor dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favor, and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who does not truly believe in anything new until they have had experience of it.
The quote was from Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, in 1513. And not much has changed in 500 years! Only by inspiring the entire organization with a compelling case for why it needs to change in order to insure the future health and growth of the enterprise … and job security (what’s in it for me?) will anyone be willing to play with speculation, risk-taking and newness.
A siloed organization cannot act quickly on opportunities that arise in a fast-paced business landscape, nor is it able to make productive decisions about how to change in order to seize these opportunities.
A silo mentality can be a contributing factor to a failing corporate culture
A silo mentality reduces efficiency and can be a contributing factor to a failing corporate culture. To eliminate silos it can be a good idea to bring people across the organization together. There are several ways that can be done – “Blind-Date” is just one of them!
The speed of change will require companies to work very differently in the future – with shorter decision cycles, more employee engagement and stronger collaboration than had previously been required to compete.
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Organizational change require breaking down silos — https://www.torbenrick.eu/t/r/pdc
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