Information on Functional / Silo Paradigm and Teams
Functional / Silo Paradigm—a feature of many organisations (and already
the focus of other change initiatives) is the tendency of
operations to be functionally oriented. People are accustomed to working
within a silo, as opposed to across silos, or "cross-functionally."
Objectives and performance measures focus on the silo, or for
what that particular function as an independent unit is accountable.
This issue has less to do with the deployment of
teams within the functional area, as feasibly that should be
relatively easy. It has more to do with the prevailing
organisational operating paradigm: resources are concentrated within, not across functions.
This makes communicating with them and measuring their performance easier.
This "control model" permits efficiency within the silo, but undermines
effectiveness across silos. It promotes independence and competition; as opposed
to collaboration and unity, conditions required for effective team work.
Other topics in our resources on Team Building related to Functional / Silo Paradigm and Teams include: