Silo Busting

Break down barriers to improve inter-team collaboration and support.

Academics, consultants and business leaders started talking about organizational “silos” more than two decades ago.

Apart from a bit of hand-wringing and well-intentioned town halls and all-employee get togethers, little has been done to make it better.  In fact, the evidence suggests that organizational silos are getting taller, thicker and stronger.

At FOCUS, we help our clients break down silos – and prevent them from being built – in three ways:

  1. To begin, all of our work is done with teams of people.  This invites active dialogue and transparency – no secret deals that, intentionally or not, create barriers and communication blackouts – and put silo-building bricks in place.
  2. When teams that are significantly interdependent find themselves in a dysfunctional relationship, we bring them together to share their perceptions of the situation and each other, find common ground, and lay out a specific action plan to improve their working relationships.
  3. Finally, when it becomes clear that performance issues (especially those affecting customers) are the result of flawed processes, we establish cross-functional teams to attack the flaws in those processes, find workable solutions together, and then implement the newer, better way.

Our Tools


Strategy Execution Round Table

Get your team talking to discover what stands in the way of great execution and create an action plan to close the gap.

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Strategic Planning

Design a strategy that suits the needs of your organization to lead you to your goals with our strategic planning process.

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Organization Alignment

Bring your strategy to life with the support and commitment you need from your entire organization.

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Execution Management

Equip your organization’s leaders to turn great ideas into great actions with solid execution management support.

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Silo Busting

Break down barriers to improve inter-team collaboration and support.

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