Breaking down silos is much more about leader behavior than employee behavior.
What skills do we need to cultivate now to lead our organizations into the future? In this episode, Janet challenges the solution of reorganizing the hierarchical structures within our organizations and recommends we focus on increasing agility to manage through consistent and continuous change. As leaders our most important job is to develop and coach employees to work across boundaries, transforming people into leaders.
This episode answers questions such as:
- How do we advance our skills as the leader of the team?
- Which relationships at work are most important for employees to prioritize?
- What gets in the way of breaking down silos and building cross-boundary teams?
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Idea in Brief The Challenge Innovation initiatives, globalization, and digitalization increasingly require people to collaborate across functional and national boundaries. But breaking down silos remains frustratingly difficult. The Cause Employees don't know how to identify expertise outside their own work domains and struggle to understand the perspectives of colleagues who think very differently from them.
What's not working? The people who are closest to the work often have the best ability to identify barriers in action. In this video, Dr. Pat Greco explains the most effective way to discover barriers and remove them from our processes. When we identify areas to continuously improve, our teams and individuals are more likely to be high-performing.
The most successful organizations encourage communication and information sharing outside of specific teams and departments. Barriers can be the result of teams in different locations, hierarchies in the workplace, excessive workloads, comfort zones, and lack of organization wide transparency. Busting through barriers requires us to shift away from siloed thinking, and collaboratively solve problems across the organization.
Resilient organizations are able to improve faster because they place emphasis on and build disciplined routines around people, service, and alignment. A culture is the living environment of the people within an organization and is heavily influenced by the behaviors of leadership. Cultivating a culture of resilience requires leaders align people to goals, take time to routinely reflect, and communicate transparently with all stakeholders.
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