The Silo Mentality: How To Break Down The Barriers
Your senior team may share your vision but have they got a bit lost on how to deliver it?
A silo mentality is very disruptive to organisations. It means that co-operation across the silos is poor, even a siege mentality can exists. I remember working in a large manufacturing company and everyone knew you didn’t put anything into hydrology as it just went into a big black hole and was lost forever.
On the other hand we have brought silos together to share perceptions and this resulted in them supporting each other, stopped a lot of doubling up on work and also made everyone feel part of the solution.
Effective communication and feedback is the key to breaking down the silo mentality.
Our team recently ran a workshop for a manufacturing company who were trying to reduce their cycle time from receipt of tender to delivery. Each function looked at their part of the process. They were also asked what help they needed from the rest of the organisation and what help they could give to others. Different cross functional project teams were formed to address issues.
We brought them all together to share the info and this resulted in them reducing their cycle time from 42 days to 33 days. It also reduced Non-Conformance and increased cash flow.