July 30 2017
By: Terry L. Mathis

Clients regularly ask me to help them either break down or reach across what they call the "silos" in their organizations. These are usually functional departments, or occasionally regions or sister companies. While there are definitely barriers between many of these silos, there is another barrier that can be even more substantial and is often overlooked. This is the barrier between the C-suite and the workplace.


Too many leaders don't have an adequate dose of reality to understand their own organizations. They don’t practice MBWA (Managing By Wandering Around) and even worse, they assume if leaders dictate a change that it will somehow automatically become a workplace reality. The two biggest silos in many organizations are the leaders and the workers. Organizations that have successfully addressed these silos tend to produce excellent performance, while those who have not often remain blind to the very issue causing their underperformance.

Terry L. Mathis

Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.

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