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Publisher's Summary

"Silos" are organizations' vertical structures, but the word has become synonymous with barriers to workplace effectiveness and connotes deep political infighting. Silos devastate organizations, kill productivity, push good people out the door, and jeopardize the achievement of corporate goals. They cause stress, exasperation, and disappointment by forcing employees to fight bloody, unwinnable battles with people who should be teammates.

Like his other fables, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars is fiction in realistic form, involving not one, but three organizations, all struggling to eliminate their silos and bridge a sense of alignment back in place.

This audio comes with a bonus interview and introduction read by the author.

©2006 Patrick Lencioni (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Business Information/Education, 2007

"Lencioni's proposal is so full of common sense...that managers will be eager to apply it themselves. Just as refreshing is Lencioni's use of character and plot, which is far above average for the business genre." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Marty
  • 23-12-10

Simplistic Solutions to Complex Problems

Like many of Lencioni's books, the information in this book is played out through a realistic business scenario with a comprehensive review of the model at the end. Lencioni defines silos as barriers between departments that make them work against one another. Other words for silos are departmental politics, divisional rivalry, or turf warfare. Lencioni claims that silos happen because leaders don't provide a compelling context for working together. While that is true, the model he proposes seems somewhat simplistic for an organization that has been experiencing years of dysfunctional behavior. Years of conflict will not be resolved by simply defining goals and objectives with accompanying metrics. Human behavior isn't that straight forward. In addition to defining a purpose, organizations may need to rebuild trust, learn to work as teams, and develop better leadership and communication skills, to name a few. Lencioni's model provides a good start, but in my experience, it's incomplete.

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  • Eustis Corrigan
  • 06-11-20

Must read/listen

One of the best portrayals of the silo issue in business that also produces simple actions to remediate root causes. I love the way Patrick weaves business and personal lives to bring these problems to a human level. I will listen to this over and again until the concepts stick.

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  • RLHorst
  • 12-02-07

EVERY CEO should READ

Great book! I've read most of Patrick Lencioni's books. This one is just as good as his others. Geared towards a big or bigger compnay. It's a quick read.

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  • Robert Harms
  • 09-08-21

Reflecting and perspecting

I really did love this book. I like the simplicity of messaging and the fabled style of communicating. Thank you Table Group for your outstanding work.

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  • Jamie S
  • 05-01-20

Excellent

Patrick Lencioni always does a great job! Highly recommended. An excellent book on breaking down departmental barriers in the workplace.

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  • Spokane59
  • 27-10-18

Recommended Read

For all of us who have have opportunities to work in cross departmental teams and change management, this is for you. In order to tear down silos you first have to understand how they are built. Great read!

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  • RobertFamily
  • 09-10-18

Timeless

Silos are real and creating collaboration will continue to be a critical focus of successful organizations.

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  • Blue Steele
  • 06-08-18

Great Book, Very Worthwhile...

I've listed to this 3 times and review it quite frequently. Has been relevant to my business relationships.

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  • Splento - Product Photography & Videography
  • 10-03-18

Can’t go wrong with Mr Lencioni

Every book is incredible, every book will save you a lot of money and time. Adding this one to our company library for everyone to read.

Roman
Splento.com

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  • Joshua
  • 31-01-18

Leadership said read it and I loved it

I like the storytelling aspect of the book. silos are tough to address in any leadership role and this gives you a bit of an edge.

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  • Gary
  • 22-02-16

Compliments the other books really well!

It gives a rounded approach towards the issue of silos, catering for a broader audience than the other two books.

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  • Amazonian
  • 13-09-18

The biggest issues faced by corporate workers

The biggest issues stopping a large company from excelling at their strategic goals - Silos, Politics and Turf Wars. Just as true today as when it was written. Narrated by the author - so you know he speaks with authority and passion on the subject. Having experienced all three of these issues in my own corporate experiences, I found this work entertaining as well as informative and deeply relevant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-18

leadership made clearer

Lencioni is perfect listening. easy on the ear and to retain. great strategies for leaders.