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The pandemic has forever altered the way organizations approach work and collaboration – even as a vaccine begins to be distributed and work returns to some form or normalcy, some organizations may choose to leave remote work as a tool in their arsenal or to craft new, hybrid work environments for their teams.
So, with teams potentially more spread out for good, how can IT leaders better equip themselves to not only navigate the technical challenges that presents, but also to lead from a separated “silo?”
“I think leading out of a silo is really important. And, regardless of whether we’re talking about the COVID pandemic, which we’re currently dealing with … [or about] seeing people in person, we still have those siloes that get kind of naturally formed,” Holton said. “One of the big failure points around transformation efforts, like digital transformation, end up being the siloes we’ve created being a little too hard.”
The key – and also the biggest challenge – is breaking down siloes with more robust communication.
“Intersilo” standup meetings, even if they’re just 10 to 15 minutes, can help, although they necessitate focus on true issues and collaboration and on productive meetings that avoid burnout.
Another key is using those meetings to establish lines of communication that move beyond these meetings, facilitating more natural communication and the breaking down of true roadblocks.