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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The Hardest People to Hold Accountable

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To be completely honest, I’m not a big fan of the term “holding people accountable”. I would rather “keep them focused”. It takes all the micro-management tactics out of the relationship but allows people to remain successful.

But back to reality, everyone’s not successful. Sometimes the reason is because they don’t want success because it means too much hard work. The internal drive is absent. This is when you must make them successful by holding them accountable.

The hardest people to hold accountable are:

  • Those who are really helpful
  • Those who are really defensive or act angry
  • Those who have real or fake health problems
  • Those who have a relationship with someone that has authority over you

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On Leadership, You and Your Modus Operandi

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Please watch this short two-minute Ted Talk above and then read on…

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” ~ Alan Alda

Your Modus Operandi

Did you know that you have a blueprint on the way you think? And like most people, you are generally locked into this modus operandi. This blueprint is called your assumptions. But don’t feel too bad about this. Everyone operates on an internal list of assumptions.

Otherwise we could not thrive in our complex and confusing world. We would have no bearings and would continually get lost.

Our brains use psychological frameworks largely based on assumptions about value and likelihood so that we avoid cognitive chaos. However, if we see our assumptions as a “best fit” which if we pay no attention…

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