Silo mentality is an attitude that is found in some organizations; it occurs when several departments or groups within an organization do not want to share information or knowledge with other individuals in the same organization.
In a business, jobs that employees hold in relationship to one another are some factors that foster a company's mindset to a silo mentality. Incorporating change management into your business plan is necessary today.
What can you do to change this from a leadership perspective?
1. Have cross-department meetings to discuss all employees priorities and what common goals they have.
This is a time for team members to discuss how they can work together to achieve a common goal. These meetings are beneficial because it’s common for team members to have the same goal without realizing due to a silo mentality and a lack of communication.
2. Joint task force between team members from each department
Establishing a joint task force creates synergy between the two groups to achieve even better results. During this meeting, team members decide what their initiatives are and then develop a joint task force with other team members to work together towards a common goal. This meeting puts the common goals and priorities that were discussed in the first meeting into action.
Communication is key! It’s important for each group to constantly communicate within and outside of the group. Constant communication ensures that the groups are in alignment to successfully complete the task.
What can you do to change this from an employee perspective?
1. Be open to building new relationships
Change is hard for everyone. It’s important to go in with a mindset that you can achieve more together. Building new relationships enables you to learn more from other team members.
2. Be open to diversity of thoughts
Listen to everyone’s thoughts and respect their ideas. Just because someone’s idea is different than yours, doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Be open-minded and you might just like someone else’s idea.
3. Be comfortable with agreeing to disagree
You wont always agree on everything and that’s okay. You should always feel comfortable voicing your opinion and accepting criticism from other team members.
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