“Each department manager turned toward internal efficiency because you told them to,” I repeated.
Regina was stunned. She had difficulty seeing the root of the problem as her management directive.
“All crumbs lead to the top,” I said. “And, don’t think it’s because you are a bad manager. Every company has to become system focused at some point. It’s normal. But the solution to become efficient creates the next step of organizational friction. All these internally focused departments, these silos, have to work together.”
Regina’s look of surprise began to calm.
I continued. “If the problem comes from an internal focus by each department, where do you think we will find the solution?”
Regina turned her head. “With an external focus?” she floated.
I nodded, “Yes, and that’s where you come in. This is a higher level of work.”