March 1, 2006
Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects -- Silos, Politics and Turf Wars
Silo, Politics, and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni, Jossey-Bass, 224 pages, $22.95 Hardcover, March 2006, ISBN 0787976385 I think Patrick Lencioni has the record for the most Jack Covert Selects (including Death by Meeting, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive). Why? He writes books I enjoy reading. They are all novels/parables/fables. He takes challenging subjects from everyday business life puts them in story form; these page-turners feature believable characters in real-life situations. The subjects covered include meetings, teams and leadership. His latest book covers business turf wars, politics and silos. It features the story of a consultant named Jude Cousins who is hired first by a hotel and later by a hospital; his objective is to get the staff to come together and work towards a common goal. At each location--the hotel and the hospital--Jude encounters various teams working in separate silos. In the world beyond parables, this problem occurs more often than not. It's easy to get caught into the pursuit of your own goals rather than the overall goal, hence Lencioni's book. One of the best aspects of the book is the sense of discovery. It's as if you're traveling and consulting right along with Jude. Through Jude's story, Lencioni proves once again that fables can be both entertaining and informative. He even provides an end section on the theory of the book, giving theory-based readers access to his ideas in a more analytical manner. In this section you will find the applications of the fable, case studies and breakdowns of turf war problems. This is another Lencioni book that needs to be on all managers' shelves and will be on mine. If you would like to receive the monthly Jack Covert Selects Newsletter, please visit the Newsletters area of our website. Then, sign in and check the boxes of the newsletters that interest you.