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Breaking down the silos

How you look is what you see.

This is one of the most important insights from the "Images of Organization" in which Morgan identified nine organizational perspectives, described as metaphors.

The simplest definition of an organization is a group of people who work together in a way for a shared purpose. Most of us act in an organization and as such we are part of an organizational culture which will drive our behavior. The interesting part about this is that if we would be the organization, we are therefore also measuring ourselves as we are part of it. Does that mean that your organization represents who you are?

Yes it does. But if so, people in organizations being related, how can working together be so difficult? People are no machines, neither do they have access to all information to understand their environment or who they are. These limitations create silos and structures of us versus them. These silos discourage people from thinking for themselves, silos protect themselves against different viewpoints. They are less likely to share resources or ideas with other groups or welcome suggestions as to how they might improve.

Breaking down the silos

Breaking down the silos requires the ability to be open and willingness to understand different viewpoints in order to be able to solve issues and problems in these organizational supply chains in which we all operate on a daily basis.

It requires the ability to adapt and learn. We never confront or discuss our assumptions about others which make them extremely difficult to change. To change we have to learn about reality that is difficult because of questions about our own assumptions destabilizing our mental and interpersonal worlds which causes anxiety. To avoid anxiety silos, because to see that things fit their existing assumptions to the point that they will disort or deny what is really happening around them.

A country may therefore be democatic, but its organizations are not. This brings me to the first speech from Barrack Obama since stepping down as president. Obama reflected on what he said in 2004 that there were no red states or blue states, there were the United States of America, that was an aspirational comment. Obama remains serious, pressing on: "And it's one, by the way, that I still believe in the sense that people in common than divides them."

You are the cause

Obviously it's not true when we keep being imprisoned in our silos. We are all able to fix this problem and use our perspectives and suspend our judgment. Do not forget, what you look for is what you see in other words, you are the cause, everything around is the effect. Lets work together to knock down the organization, civic and political silos which divide us and get to accelerate our collective minds. If that happens I think we are going to be just fine.

People who have a low perception see organizations as one of the metaphors described by Morgan in his book, but people who are open to greater perception and suspend judgment, are able to recognize several perspectives. single view for dealing with organizations and their problems.

"Listen to understand rather than listen to respond," Obama told the crowd, noting it was actually learned in marriage. "That will save you a lot of heartache and grief."