Management Tip of the Day: You can prevent silo thinking

Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:18am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - An organization in which each person is doing well in their own little silo but not working together and sharing knowledge is probably not living up to potential, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (http:\\www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"If you do your job well, and everyone else does their jobs well, everyone succeeds, right? Wrong. In fact, in any organization, it's not only important that everyone do what they are supposed to -- everyone also needs to work together.

Don't let a silo mentality take over your company. Recognize that you are all responsible for each other's work and if there is a problem anywhere in the organization, everyone fails.

Refuse to allow people to go to their separate corners. Encourage people to meet regularly to share what they are learning. Have the courage to call out when one part of the organization is struggling and find a way to fix it together."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Solving Your Organization's Open-Faced Sandwich" by Peter Bregman."