Silos and Slabs in Organizations

Mintzberg, Henry

Many of today’s organizations are highly-structured and complex, which can make communicating and getting the job done difficult. We look at two characteristics of their formal structures – silos and slabs - and the challenges they present to managing, and then investigate ways to manage across and beyond them.

This topic will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Understand the effects of silos and slabs within organizations.
  • Understand how these structures can act as barriers to getting things done.
  • Challenge yourselves to manage together beyond formal structure.

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With CoachingOurselves, your managers learn from each other and coach themselves.

In our programs small groups of 4-6 managers come together for 90 minutes of reflective dialogue and peer-coaching guided by one of our module workbooks. This approach is based on decades of research by Henry Mintzberg and his colleagues in management education. With this building block we deliver a cascading development program and a reflection cafe program.

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