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Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

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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

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"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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  • 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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  • Randall L Horst
  • 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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  • JRS
  • 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!

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  • RobertFamily
  • 09-10-18

Timeless

Silos are real and creating collaboration will continue to be a critical focus of successful organizations.

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  • BROakes
  • 06-08-18

Great Book, Very Worthwhile...

I've listed to this 3 times and review it quite frequently. Has been relevant to my business relationships.

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  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 10-03-18

Can’t go wrong with Mr Lencioni

Every book is incredible, every book will save you a lot of money and time. Adding this one to our company library for everyone to read.

Roman
Splento.com

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  • Joshua
  • 31-01-18

Leadership said read it and I loved it

I like the storytelling aspect of the book. silos are tough to address in any leadership role and this gives you a bit of an edge.

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  • Erick
  • 11-01-18

Great Book Great Presentation

The author has excelled in the art of presenting complex business ideas in the form of stories that are easy to relate with. Great book for everyone whether employed or self employed

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  • Peter
  • 24-11-17

I enjoyed the allegory it was well told and help

this was the first book I listened to by this author and I am looking forward to enjoying the next.