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?
Whenever I look at organizational underperformance, total throughput, all crumbs lead to the top. The culture an organization has, is the culture the organization deserves. And, all crumbs still lead to the top.
But your question is “What to do?”
Temper tantrums don’t work. Parents know that. Most management consultants who think they have the answer are behaviorists who have no children.
Visually, we can draw pictures of it. Interruptions in workflow, rough hand-offs from one function to another, undiscovered defects blamed on another department. Some CEOs believe a little internal competition keeps everyone sharp, when the product of that strategy may be counter-productive.
But it works in sports? Yes, but sports are not organized to accomplish work. Sports are organized for entertainment.
Indeed, what to do? Comments?