When I do strategy execution work with executive teams, I typically begin with an assessment phase where I talk with people across the organization at multiple levels. So I end up talking to a lot of people across a lot of levels in a lot of organizations. One issue I hear pretty universally is about silos. People feel uninformed about what is happening in other organizations.
Keeping momentum through the Middle requires a constant sharing of information across your organization, so people can feel safe that what they are doing makes sense in the context of what everyone else is doing.
Pretty much every organization struggles with siloed information. I have been so surprised to see the existence of silos even in very small organizations. I've seen this even in startups where there are only four people and one of them will say something like, “I need to get marketing to agree.” Seriously, marketing? You mean Bob?
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