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Publisher's Summary

"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

Critic Reviews

  • 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

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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  • Darwin
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 03-01-10

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

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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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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

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I enjoyed the allegory it was well told and help

this was the first book I listened to by this author and I am looking forward to enjoying the next.

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  • CR
  • Frisco, TX
  • 07-03-17

3rd best

i liked five dysfunctions and death by meeting better, but this one better that four obsessions

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Painfully simple and that works for me

Some readers want complicated solutions to complicated problems. Patrick, again, offers a relatively simple solution to complicated problems. That's why he is the best.

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Break those silos now

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Yet another great fable followed by case studies and deeper explanations. The silo mentality is so real and so common, but is very breakable and fixable .. just follow the instructions in this book!
I wish it were so simple, but nothing good ever came with little effort.
So read this today and get started today to break down those silos!

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  • Gary
  • 02-22-16

Compliments the other books really well!

It gives a rounded approach towards the issue of silos, catering for a broader audience than the other two books.

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