Don’t Work In A Silo

I made a note to write about how in business and in life everyone tends to live and work in their own little silo.  They are motivated to protect their silo with no real regard for the end product or anyone else’s little silo.

As long as their ass is covered there is really no regard for the issues they may cause downstream.  As long as their ass is covered there is really no regard for the status of the end product.  If it all goes south at least they can say “hey, it not my fault, my silo is clean.”

I must confess as I become more apathetic to my current position I catch myself doing the same thing.

I guess it’s just human nature.

A few months back I experienced the “protect my silo” with someone I have worked with for the last twenty six years.

There was an issue with a part number and since I was the last person to have touched the process my name was brought up.  The bus was coming and I was lined up to be pushed.

Now I have had a very good working relationship with this person.  We worked as part of a team of managers back in the days when the company was growing year in and year out.  We traveled together on business trips, golfed together and he was one of the few people at my job that I would occasionally see on a social level outside of the office.  I almost would call him a friend.

Now a few years ago he also saw the handwriting on the wall with the changes being made to the company and elected to transferred south.  He figured it was a good location to work the rest of his career and then retire.

I agreed with his decision.

But now we have lost touch over the past three years.

Anyway it turns out he was mistaken and there was no issue with the part number or anything that I did in the process.  But I was somewhat surprised at his willingness to throw me under the bus.

I remember how when the business was small and we were growing how we were almost like the Enterprise crew, you know all for one and one for all.

But as the company grew and the money grew and the headaches grew, we all started to retreat into our silos.

It’s no longer about growing the company or being the best that we can be.

It’s about processes and procedures. It’s about the egos that created those processes and procedures.  It’s about not taking the blame.  It’s about not being the one to mess up.

To me, this company has maxed out.

If no one can take a chance or make a decision based on anything other than, “can I get in trouble for this”, then this company has seen its better days.

If you had a band where everyone played not to make a mistake how good would it really sound?  How creative would it be?

If everyone only listened to their part and assumed as long as they hit every note where it’s suppose to be how inspiring would that band be?

It would suck.

It would suck as a band and the players would suck as musicians.

Well that’s what happens with a lot of companies and people.

Don’t live and work and in silo.

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