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The Silo Effect asks a basic question: why do humans working in modern institutions collectively act in ways that sometimes seem stupid? Why do normally clever people fail to see risks and opportunities that later seem blindingly obvious? Why, as Daniel Kahnemann, the psychologist put it, are we sometimes so âblind to our own blindnessâ?
Gillian Tett, âa first-rate journalist and a good storytellerâ (The New York Times), answers these questions by plumbing her background as an anthropologist and her experience reporting on the financial crisis in 2008. In The Silo Effect, she shares eight different tales of the silo syndrome, spanning Bloombergâs City Hall in New York, the Bank of England in London, Cleveland Clinic hospital in Ohio, UBS bank in Switzerland, Facebook in San Francisco, Sony in Tokyo, the BlueMountain hedge fund, and the Chicago police. Some of these narratives illustrate how foolishly people can behave when they are mastered by silos. Others, however, show how institutions and individuals can master their silos instead.
âHighly intelligent, enjoyable, and enlivened by a string of vivid case studiesâ¦.The Silo Effect is also genuinely important, because Tettâs prescription for curing the pathological silo-isation of business and government is refreshingly unorthodox and, in my view, convincingâ (Financial Times). This is âan enjoyable call to action for better integration within organizationsâ (Publishers Weekly).
About: From award-winning columnist and journalist Gillian Tett comes a brilliant examination of how our tendency to create functional departments—silos—hinders our work…and how some people and organizations can break those silos down to unleash innovation.
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