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Uncooperative Teams: 10 Telltale Signs

By Diane Katz  |  Posted 10-22-2010 Print
How to identify whether your enterprise is being held back by counter-productive organizational silos. Such silos are deadly to the overall results of an organization when they adversely affect the consistent flow of information. If you discover that silos are rife in your organization, fear not, there are steps you can take to fix the problem .

Does your enterprise have a division or a team that stands walled off from what is happening inside other divisions or teams? Our current economic situation seems to be driving the increasing formation of work silos, resulting in a lack of communication and cooperation between two entities in the same business at a time when such collaboration is needed more than ever.

Resources are certainly less abundant than they had been. And resources can mean people, materials or budgets--anything that is needed to get the job done. One manager does not have enough resources to handle the workload, but another manager chooses not to share his or her resources. Yet, they are both working toward the same overall goals.

It could be that one manager needs an additional person in his or her group. The manager on the other team sends over the lowest-performing employee. When the receiving manager sees that this newest member is a poor performer, he or she loses trust in the other manager.


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