Took a little time yesterday to read Patrick Lencioni’s newest book Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. It’s another of Lencioni’s great business fables and a very fast read. This one focuses on the story of a young business executive who ventures out on his own into the world of consulting…only to discover that the common thread, the issue that is most common, is the need to figure out how to demolish silos. The subtitle of the book is "a leadership fable about destroying the barriers that turn colleagues into competitors."
As I read it, I couldn’t help returning in my mind to churches where I’d run into the same kinds of problems. Throughout the story I found myself recalling actual conversations, disjointed staff meetings, and really awful congregational meetings where the evidence of a silo mentality was overwhelming.
I bet you’ve been involved in an organization that had the silo thing going on. If so, you’ll find Silos, Politics and Turf Wars an interesting read. If you’re still at one…you need to read it. First, for a good, clear picture of the landscape. Second, you may be able to pick up a well thought out model for combatting a silo mentality. One word of caution: to those of you who are working in a church, Lencioni’s story concludes with the statement that "silos in churches can be particularly difficult to dismantle, but that the clarity of mission there can be a powerful motivator for doing so." Interesting, don’t you think?