To foster collaboration, stress respect for other teams’ expertise

To break down internal silos, make sure your employees share their accrued knowledge and convey their regard for colleagues’ experience and insights.

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The first step is to raise the visibility of the work being done and the expertise of the people doing the work. For employees to value ideas contributed by someone from another discipline or with a different expertise, they first must respect what others bring to the table.

We’ve seen this connection between respect and collaboration with a couple of clients. Each of these two companies depend on innovation and bringing new ideas to market to remain competitive. Both involve manufacturing and technology. Both are incredibly impressive in the way they collaborate across silos to create better solutions for customers in their industries.

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