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Summary

"Silos" are organizations' vertical structures, but the word has become synonymous with barriers to workplace effectiveness and connotes deep political infighting. Silos devastate organizations, kill productivity, push good people out the door, and jeopardize the achievement of corporate goals. They cause stress, exasperation, and disappointment by forcing employees to fight bloody, unwinnable battles with people who should be teammates.

Like his other fables, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars is fiction in realistic form, involving not one, but three organizations, all struggling to eliminate their silos and bridge a sense of alignment back in place.

This audio comes with a bonus interview and introduction read by the author.

©2006 Patrick Lencioni (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic reviews

"Lencioni's proposal is so full of common sense...that managers will be eager to apply it themselves. Just as refreshing is Lencioni's use of character and plot, which is far above average for the business genre." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Another hit

He writes from a place of truth and hit's the nail on the head. No other author that I've heard makes such a compelling case to act regardless of the poisonous characters that may be working around you.

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  • Marty
  • 23-12-10

Simplistic Solutions to Complex Problems

Like many of Lencioni's books, the information in this book is played out through a realistic business scenario with a comprehensive review of the model at the end. Lencioni defines silos as barriers between departments that make them work against one another. Other words for silos are departmental politics, divisional rivalry, or turf warfare. Lencioni claims that silos happen because leaders don't provide a compelling context for working together. While that is true, the model he proposes seems somewhat simplistic for an organization that has been experiencing years of dysfunctional behavior. Years of conflict will not be resolved by simply defining goals and objectives with accompanying metrics. Human behavior isn't that straight forward. In addition to defining a purpose, organizations may need to rebuild trust, learn to work as teams, and develop better leadership and communication skills, to name a few. Lencioni's model provides a good start, but in my experience, it's incomplete.

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  • Erika Zi
  • 31-12-21

Engaging and overtly informative

Exactly what I needed to read before starting the new year at work. I have a play by play book of better analyzing my organization and self!

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  • Huey
  • 06-11-20

Must read/listen

One of the best portrayals of the silo issue in business that also produces simple actions to remediate root causes. I love the way Patrick weaves business and personal lives to bring these problems to a human level. I will listen to this over and again until the concepts stick.

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  • RLHorst
  • 12-02-07

EVERY CEO should READ

Great book! I've read most of Patrick Lencioni's books. This one is just as good as his others. Geared towards a big or bigger compnay. It's a quick read.

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  • Eric Carroll
  • 21-05-22

A book for leaders who want to win!

Thoughtful and so practical and will challenge your thinking! Get your notebook and pen ready

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  • Dwight A Spencer
  • 12-04-22

Sums up to Bread goal focused, (little a) Agile

While some of this is helpful overall set Epics and impliment top level agile and one has resolved more than what this book covers. After reading the majority of the books by this author it alwasy comes back to telling a tale around agile without staying agile. This one just introduces the reader to adopting the culture at the top down to break up silos.

But given that was the goal of the agile manifesto to address directly the same issues talked in this book then it makes sence the two resinate with each other.

Would this book be a suggestion to others, no. There's better out there that directly address the issues and implimentation. But for sharing with someone that has never heard of Agile, servent leadership, or is stuck in old 90's style waterfail management practices then this might just be an opener to the conversation towards the core tennents of an agile originization.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-22

Enlightening.

The writer uses a very distinct and unique way to teach us about the importance of creating achievable goals. I enjoy the story telling used on this book.

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  • Robert Harms
  • 09-08-21

Reflecting and perspecting

I really did love this book. I like the simplicity of messaging and the fabled style of communicating. Thank you Table Group for your outstanding work.

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  • Jamie S
  • 05-01-20

Excellent

Patrick Lencioni always does a great job! Highly recommended. An excellent book on breaking down departmental barriers in the workplace.

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  • Spokane59
  • 27-10-18

Recommended Read

For all of us who have have opportunities to work in cross departmental teams and change management, this is for you. In order to tear down silos you first have to understand how they are built. Great read!