10 not-so-obvious signs of silos

Large farms are the only businesses where more silos mean increased productivity. The rest of us need practice and extra vigilance in spotting and eradicating them.

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Silos have different meanings. Senior executives inhabit a silo labeled “profits”—management lives in a “performance” silo—employees dwell in the “productivity” (or “paycheck”) silo.

The 10 signs of silos from C-Suite to cubicle:.

1. I’m giving my two-weeks’ notice (Turnover): If you lose top talent to competitors or your great new hires fail to meet expectations, it’s a sign of silos. If top talent leaves or you can’t recruit the best, it’s a by-product of silos that constrict talent.

2. The company thanks me with a paycheck (Bureaucracy): If you have many employees who feel disenfranchised, they’re working for a paycheck, marking time 40 hours a week, coasting and undermining morale and culture.

3. Those guys at corporate don’t get it (Step-Child): The farther your associates work from HQ, the more silos come into play, causing non-compliance, ineffectiveness and inconsistent practices.

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