From the Ask Tom mailbag –
How do you overcome the obstacles of silos when the silos are the organizational culture and come from the top?
I originally posted this last week and then left you hanging as I went underground, buried in travel.
Silos, in an organization, occur as a normal phenomenon. It is counter-productive to growth and profitability, but it is perfectly normal and predictable. It happens.
Silos emerge as a natural by-product of stage three growth. To reduce the noise in Go-Go, there begins an internal focus to create systems. Systems are good. Systems create internal efficiency, internal predictability and a focus on profitability (profitable action).
_________Adolescence – internal focus on system creation
______Go-Go – define and document methods and processes
___Infancy – focus on sales, production, find a (any) customer
The problem is the internal nature of the focus. In adolescence, it is a required focus, but, as a solution to the problems of go-go, it creates internally focused silos that emerge as the next organizational challenge. Silos are normal, but will grind an organization to a halt, cap its growth and make everyone miserable.
To continue its normal growth, a process of integration must occur.
____________Prime – multiple systems/sub-systems create friction, integration required
This is no easy task, and requires capability at S-IV level of work. The saga continues. Tomorrow, I promise.