The Silo Effect – why putting everything in its place isn’t such a bright idea.
Gillian Tett, Little, Brown. 2015 £20.00
This is in many ways a good book, especially for people who have never come across or thought about the problems of large hierarchical organizations (private or public) and even for those of us who have.
Tett is an accomplished journalist, US editor of the FT and has a PhD in Anthropology.
Tett begins with three main tales of how ‘silos’ – hierarchical constructed compartments within or between organisations – can cause enormous problems (chapters 2, 3 and 4).
She then moves on to four chapters examining case stories of how silos can be ‘busted’.
All of this is highly entertaining and enlightening – as long as you know nothing about the subject to start with. Then you get really frustrated by Tett’s own personal ‘silos’. Continue reading