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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CoachingOurselves is a peer coaching leadership development methodology that builds community, stimulates exchange of perspectives, and encourages team cohesion. This is an innovative adaptation of the 70/20/10 approach to leadership development and organizational transformation created by Phil LeNir and Henry Mintzberg.

The methodology uses 90-minute reflective discussion modules to explore a wide range of topics. These modules were created by more than forty leading management thinkers including Henry Mintzberg, Marshall Goldsmith, David Cooperrider, and Michael Beer.

The modules are used by organizations, certified coaches and facilitators to deliver a cost effective powerful reflective learning experience for managers and management teams.

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