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Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars | [Patrick Lencioni]

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars

"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.
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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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    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 12-23-10
    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 12-23-10 Member Since 2008

    Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Randall L Horst Lancaster, PA, United States 02-12-07
    Randall L Horst Lancaster, PA, United States 02-12-07 Member Since 2012

    Happy Day!

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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin San Jose, Costa Rica 03-01-10
    Darwin San Jose, Costa Rica 03-01-10
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    "1/2"

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

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    Jeff Brown Columbus, Ohio, USA 08-18-15
    Jeff Brown Columbus, Ohio, USA 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic - combines storytelling with wise principles about effective organizations"

    I highly recommend this book because it is both engaging and informative and insightful about how organizations can be effective.

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    Damion Brown 06-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "gives gneral framework on silos"

    gives general recommendation on how to deal with silos by giving a clear executable near to medium term vision. useful but limited

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    Matthew 05-05-15
    Matthew 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fits Every Situation"

    This book was great. It moves along at a good pace but really illustrates many points. All of Patrick Lencioni's books are great learning tools.

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    Steven Philips 04-09-15

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    "More great principles to adopt"

    The reality of self help books are the sudden shocking realizations of our transgressions in developing the right skills. We often fall into easy and seductive mistakes. This book helps soften the blow and puts these concepts in an easy to understand format without preaching to you. This book to me will be one listened to over and over. Thanks to my mentor for sharing this with me.

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    goatroper 03-16-15
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    Not much meat here. Story is a bit odd. Author didn't research his story well. Can't recommend this one much

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    TJ - Austx 01-31-15
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    "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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    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 07-01-12
    Marco Great Barrington, MA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not memorable."
    What did you like best about Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars? What did you like least?

    This was recommended to me by a colleague. I listened to it few weeks ago and already can't remember why I stuck it out.


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