All blogs filed under Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
It's only been six months since Silos, Politics and Turf Wars was released, but we've been using the Thematic Goal model with our consulting clients for several years. Our hands-on, real-time experiences have helped us to refine the model to where it is now. Because we've received some additional questions on how to properly establish a Thematic Goal, we created a tool with additional instructions (see below).
In my latest book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, I present a model for achieving alignment across departments within an organization, and eliminating unnecessary and costly infighting. A pleasant by-product of that model is improved prioritization for companies, something that is sorely lacking for so many of them.
Most of the companies I have encountered over the years seem addicted to having a long list of "top" priorities. As a result, they're unable to focus on any one of them out of fear that doing so will somewhat increase the likelihood that others will fall by the wayside.
No one hopes for a crisis, and rightly so. Certainly this applies to teams and organizations. Most leaders would probably say one of their primary responsibilities is to prevent a crisis from occurring.
However, I have found that a powerful lesson for organizations can be found smack dab in the middle of a crisis. It isn't uncommon for a leader to say, "our team has never pulled together more than when we were facing a crisis." Maybe it's the prospect of going out of business or dealing with a public relations catastrophe or even a natural disaster that causes people to rally.