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Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

Written by: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: Eric Conger
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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"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

What the critics say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Business Information/Education, 2007

"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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Compelling but flawed...

Lencioni is highly intelligent, creative and a true management guru. I remember attending one of his workshops and being riveted the entire 8 hours. He really is compelling and insightful. However, this book falls short at a fundamental level. He conceives of silos as a problem that can be overcome by a management team alone that brainstorms creative solutions and then sends the new direction down to the rest of the organization. Time and time again we have seen how top-down change management initiatives fall short because they are not participatory and they do not engage the minds, ideas and passion of the entire company. A 'thematic goal' or 'rallying cry' as he alternately refers to it, is in his explanation something conceived by the leadership team and then passed down from executive to front line manager and so on. Lencioni suggests that this will mobilize the entire organization to achieve what is needed as in times of emergency. He smartly indicates that this goal should not just be about metrics, but rather a qualitative goal that is operationalized through a series of defining objectives, standard operating objectives, and eventually metrics. But again, something conceived by an executive team and then passed down to the masses, rarely creates the engagement he suggests. Nor does it typically create the best solutions, because it does not draw on the collective wisdom of the organization's members.
Additionally, the entire book is built on the premise that creating a kind of emergency in the organization will be critical to developing this rallying cry and achieving objectives. This kind of leadership is simply another form of manipulation, and most employees sense this. Lencioni tries to deal with this issue by saying that before you give people metrics, you must first establish the rallying cry, the defining objectives and the standard operational objectives. But the tension between an leadership initiative built on a fabricated emergency and genuine organizational engagement is not resolved, because it is still a subtle form of executive-led manipulation that most employees will see through quickly.
Lencioni's vast experience and insight shines through in this book, but it is flawed from the beginning because it replicates the outdated principles of traditional organizational development where executive coaches teach an executive team how to better sell their agenda to the organization. I think this is understandable because this is the kind of work that Lencioni has long engaged in, and the mindset that he operates from. I want to emphasize again, I consider him insightful, brilliant in many ways, and motivated by the desire to help. I just think he needs to reexamine how he conceives of organizations, and change efforts within them.

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  • Marty
  • 2010-12-23

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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  • TJ - Austx
  • 2015-01-31

Fantastic!

Another Lencioni masterpiece. I couldn't have been more pleased with the story and the strategy to overcome the silos! I really appreciate the clarity and simplicity he brings to these issues.

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  • Darwin
  • 2010-03-01

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Great to be aware of but so much words to say the idea! Good but simple!

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  • Randall L Horst
  • 2007-02-12

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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  • Spokane59
  • 2018-10-27

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
  • 2018-10-09

Timeless

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

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  • BROakes
  • 2018-08-06

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
  • 2018-03-10

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
  • 2018-01-31

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
  • 2018-01-11

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