Characteristics of Silo Walls

How Leaders Manage

Silos are barriers between departments.


Building a team that works well together is the first step an organization must take in order to have any chance of success. Even in the most well intending teams silo walls can appear causing each department to work against each other. It’s one of the most frustrating things you can go through as a business.


  • Compensation plans that put an emphasis on different things
  • finger pointing
  • assuming the other department means harm with every move they make
  • reliving the past
  • using the term “my people”
  • excessive delays
  • lobbying for personal interest
  • unwillingness to pitch in
  • snide remarks
  • back channel backbiting
  • saying “That’s not my job.”
  • gossip

Silos organically form when there is not a common theme for the office. A ultimate short and long term goal.  It can be called a thematic goal.  All actions should be directed at hitting that thematic goal.

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