“Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers” is a compelling read by Gillian Tett that explores the concept of ‘silos’. These metaphorical barriers within organisations often restrict the flow of information, leading to a lack of innovation and potential financial losses. Tett, a renowned anthropologist and journalist, uses real-world examples, including the financial crisis of 2008, to illustrate how these silos can lead to disastrous consequences. The book also offers insights into how organisations can break down these barriers to foster creativity and improve performance. It provides practical advice, such as promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and encouraging employees to think outside their specific areas of expertise. Tett’s work is not just a critique of corporate culture but also a guide to navigating and dismantling these silos for a more efficient, innovative, and profitable business.

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