Silos. Think about what it feels like to be in one. Head down, blinders on. Singularly focused on what you or your department needs to achieve. As the great social change pioneer Bill Milliken has said, “it’s as if the drums are on one side of town, and the piccolos are in another.” Not exactly an inspired or joyful place to be, though it’s the way most of us work on a day-to-day basis.
When it comes to addressing and solving complex problems, nothing is more effective than when a team is working in harmony with one other. Singularly focused perhaps, but on moving the same goal forward.
Inspired by Bill, we’re pre-empting this week’s Intersection post with the amazing video below, worth watching and sharing right now. Then, pick your head up. Peer across your organization, your community, or your sector, and ask yourself: Are we working together, in pursuit of a shared goal? Could my team state that shared goal? If not, maybe it’s time to break those silos, and make the real music happen.