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Working Across Silos

A well-functioning team within an organisation is actually much like a well-designed silo: it concentrates its energy and expertise (and identity) into the tasks it is best suited for, yet maintains context-appropriate connections and flows that maintain its relationship with the entire farm complex. Silo design metaphorically corresponds not only to the internal functioning of the team, but also to its awareness of its place in the enterprise and its relationships with other teams and with the "fields" from which and to which its "content" lows in an unending rhythm. If we look at teams in this way, the most effective organisation is made up of teams that are not entirely "transparent" or entirely "knowledge sharing" but aware of and capable of constantly negotiating internal and external connections between identities – some strong, some weak – in ways that make them and the entire organisation more effective.

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