A CEO over lunch last year said she needed to break down silos in her organization.
“How many employees and departments do you have?” I asked.
“Six employees and four departments.”
I thought to myself, “Silos in an organization with just six people, how is that possible?”
As our conversation continued, a voice in my head shouted, “this is a serious leadership problem.”
So I asked, “This sounds like a priority for you, so I guess you’ve made teamwork and collaboration a part of every employees’ performance review, so it’s the expectation, right?”
In response I got the ‘deer in headlights’ look.
I added, “If you want teamwork and collaboration to be the norm, you have to set that as the expectation, set accountability to it, and set up rewards for it.
I told her, “Unfortunately, it won’t just happen.
She hadn’t been doing that, and admitted it.
So many small business leaders just expect it to occur through osmosis, or wishing and hoping.
Since our meeting about 18 months ago I see her from time to time at regional events and my sense is that not much has changed.
This is not unusual.
Many small business owners and leaders of small not-for-profit organizations have the best of intentions.
But, they are wearing so many hats that things like this that take extra energy and focus, take a back seat.
Then, they get forgotten.
So, they come to me to keep them focused.
- Key initiatives in your company continue to fall through the cracks…
- Silos are developing ever thicker walls with the silo leaders developing more entrenched attitudes…or if,
- Employees just do the minimum to stay above the firing line…
You would definitely benefit from one of my Revolutionary Leadership Strategy Sessions –
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