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Books: Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
Destroying the Barriers that Turn Colleagues into Competitors
by Patrick Lencioni (2006)

This recent book by Patrick Lencioni tackles some of the most insidious challenges of larger organizations: silos, infighting, and turf politics. Lencioni’s solution comes in the form of the ever-popular business fable to make his case that leaders must create time- limited “thematic goals” to unite all parties – much as a crisis often does. He cautions that care must be taken to differentiate but integrate the ongoing work that always has to get done, with the efforts required to achieve the thematic goals. Perhaps not as impactful as his previous books, it’s a quick read and makes some valuable points nonetheless.

Quote from book:

Silos rise up not because of what executives are doing purposefully but rather because of what they are failing to do: provide themselves and their employees with a compelling context for working together.

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