From Harvard Business Review doing a review of several silo-and-collaboration focused books:
Companies don’t fail at collaboration because not enough people will cooperate with one another. They fail when people work too closely in certain teams, functions, or departments without any regard for the rest of the organization.
154 times over yes.
Phrased another way:
- Learn what other people at your job do
- Stop being worried about what processes you “own”
- Understand what silos are and why they exist
- Realize that nothing at work happens in a vacuum, so you’re going to have to work with others
- It doesn’t even matter if you’re an individual star anymore; you gotta work on teams
Collaboration’s a huge — maybe the biggest — buzzword out there in the business space. But you can do it right if you think about it a little bit differently.
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