CM 019: Gillian Tett on Breaking Down Silos

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Blog Post - Gillian TettWhen we operate in silos, we narrow our perspective in ways that can limit, and even destroy, innovation. So where have we seen silos before and what can we learn from them?

In this fascinating conversation with Gillian Tett, award-winning journalist and U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, she explains how silos reversed decades of innovation at Sony, limited innovation in a world-class hospital, and played a key role in the 2007 global financial crisis. Drawing on insights from her bestselling book, The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers, she helps us see the patterns that create these tendencies, and the simple steps we can take to avoid or overcome them.

In this episode you will learn:

  • what makes smart people do apparently stupid things
  • how rewards and incentives can reinforce a silo mentality
  • why success can lead to silo perspectives
  • steps we can take to overcome mental and organizational silos
  • the value of an insider-outsider perspective

Also in this interview, Gillian encourages us to recognize how the silos begin erected in the information technology industry have begun to mirror those that led to the 2007 global financial crisis.

She is the other of two other bestselling books, Saving the Sun and Fools Gold.

Selected Links to Topics Mentioned

@GillianTett

The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett

Fools Gold by Gillian Tett

Saving the Sun by Gillian Tett

Financial Times

Octopus Pots

British Press Awards

Sony

Cleveland Clinic

Pierre Bourdieu

Mental Maps

Sony Walkman

Apple

UBS

Securitizations

Sir Paul Tucker

Paul McCulley

PIMCO

Shadow banking

New York Fed

Zoltan Poszar

Nicolaus Copernicus

Cultural anthropology

Brett Goldstein

Open Table

Steve Jobs

Toby Cosgrove

Cleveland Clinic

Harvard Business School

Facebook

Robin Dunbar

It is Complicated by danah boyd

Liquidated by Karen Ho

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