Leadership Solutions from Read Solutions Group: Silos, Politics and Turf Wars

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars

Fighting for your department at the budget meeting. Never getting help from another department. Being surprised by changes in plans. Seeing customers caught in a morass of bureaucracy.

These are symptoms of silos, politics and turf wars found in organizations as diverse as charities, hospitals, manufacturing plants, Fortune 500 companies, hotels and restaurants.

In his new book, Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors, Patrick Lencioni spins a fable about a consultant learning to challenge and destroy the barriers in organizations.

The consultant learns through firsthand experience and observation that organizations frequently come together at time of crisis. His key selling point is "Why wait for a crisis?"

The leadership fable is a quick read, followed by a few brief chapters summarizing the key points.
  • It all starts with the leadership team.
  • Each member of the leadership team needs to remove their functional hat at leadership meetings, and assume the role of "executive" of the company.
  • The team/CEO needs to identify a key rallying point for the next 6 to 12 months.
  • The team needs to define the specific initiatives that will deliver the desired results.
  • These initiatives need to be supported by, but not confused with, the ongoing operational objectives.
The book focuses on setting the stage of the needed changes for breaking down the barriers. Organizations needing support in execution will need to pick up other resources.

A quick read. Great points. And a fantastic starting point - "Why wait for a crisis" - to make a change in your department or business.

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