Wouldn’t You Agree? #47 What Perpetuates Silos?

Q: What perpetuates silos?

A: When one department/person is passionately and almost obsessively focused on what interests them and what they think is important while having a dismissive, nearly disdainful couldn’t-care-less disinterest in what interests others and what others think is important compounded by an irritable impatience towards others when they don’t get to the point in what they’re saying when they are waxing and waning poetically about their area of interest. In other words when one is long winded and almost euphoric about what interests and is important to them and is impatient and irritable when listening to others about what interests and is important to these others.

And the solution? Duh… “Just Listen” and as I quoted Warren Bennis in that book, “Be more interested than interesting.”

Wouldn’t you agree?

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3 Responses to “Wouldn’t You Agree? #47 What Perpetuates Silos?”

  1. Aaron Says:

    Whole-heartedly agree, Dr. G!

  2. Mike Martorella Says:

    Agree – Listen – show genuine interest and care first! Organizations dedicate significant time breaking down silos only to find that after a period of time, like a phoenix, they re-emerge. Often the drive for short term business results reinforce a “take care of what I can take care of” mentality (almost a requirement). Breaking down silos, integrating, seeing the whole picture, caring, encouraging others and celebrating their success is a goal but (there’s that limiting word again), sometimes falls in the category of, sure we need to break down silos but not on my watch. Mike

  3. Mark Johnson Says:

    For sure. People feel invisible much the time.

    The agitation isn’t necessarily a consequence for wanting to be right as much as it is the feeling of being alone or left out, that a person does not much at all matter.

    And…the interest validates that we’re not and it just feels good to be listened to with them. Be a part of something.

    Being interested and truly listening are the same thing. As in the Cherokee Indian story The Two Wolves, we always have a choice which to feed.