In The Silo Effect, award-winning journalist Gillian Tett examines the structural development of institutions such as UBS, Sony and the Bank of England. While the world is increasingly interlinked in some senses, it remains profoundly fragmented in others.
As organisations become larger and more global than ever before, they are apt to be divided and sub-divided into numerous different departments to facilitate productivity. However, there is a trap to the inevitability of these silos. The tunnel vision and tribalism that silos can lead to makes groups less innovative and can lead to disastrous mistakes.
Institutions worldwide are made up of silos operating in isolation from one another. The Silo Effect is an eye-opening account that takes a radical anthropological approach in suggesting how we might draw them back together.
Gillian Tett is Assistant Editor for the Financial Times where she has worked for 15 years. In 2008, she won the British Press Award for the Financial Journalist of the Year. She often appears on programmes such as Today and Newsnight and lectures widely.
Some good case studies across a broad range of industries. Found value in the insights especially from Sony, Facebook, Cleveland Health & Chicago Police.
Would you try another book written by Gillian Tett or narrated by Eilidh L. Beaton?
Maybe I shouldnt blame the narrator but one thing spoilt this book for me. Her ridiculous use of accents when quoting real life characters. The French accent sounded like something from "Allo Allo", the Australians from a Fosters add and her American accent was appalling !! And why stop there..why werent the Sony execs given a Japanese Accent? Why didn't she differentiate between Americans from New York, Texas or Illinois... they have different accents . This ruined the whole book for me and made it almost un-listenable to
Who was your favorite character and why?
The 8 stories are interesting.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Eilidh L. Beaton?
Anyone. Although maybe the producer should be blamed.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Yes, if made into a documentary
Any additional comments?
I still have 1/3 of book to listen to but I had to send a review now I am so frustrated as I think the themes and subject are fascinating
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I really enjoyed this but there was some repetition or bits I personally found a bit boring. Overall I found it very enlightening. The accents by the author were terrible, but who cares. Quite amusing really.
the background detail of exapmles too much that lost point. at times. some key pointers.
I enjoyed hearing the anecdotes about UBS, Sony, NYC Mayors Office, CPD, Facebook and Blue Mountain Capital. But I do think much detail was laboured over in the specialist financial trading descriptions that could have been left out to make the book a little more accessible. The author presents a very clear manifesto for the destruction of harmful silos and even a veritable how-to guide. It's a great book. As for the audiobook, the narrator slips into impressions of each character quoted throughout the story, which jarred me a little at the start as I wasn't prepared for it, but later I came to enjoy it and felt it lent a flavour to the book. Definitely recommended reading.
I thought this book was a game changer and the narrator spot on. I've already sent a copy of the book to colleagues and look forward to applying the concepts to my own field.
I also really enjoyed the reading style, the narrator had a charming voice and rhythm which I found engaging.
I'll be highly recommending both book and narrator!