Silos are destructive

03 December 2018 | Columns

There are widespread fears that new regulations that aircraft are not allowed to land at unlicensed airfields in the country, which come into effect on 1 January, will cripple the tourism industry.

Tourism director Sem Shikongo told Namibian Sun there was no consultation with his ministry or the industry over these new regulations.

However, this issue has now lifted the veil on even more deep-seated problems within government, which is said to be operating in silos.

Shikongo said the root cause of the problem is a lack of consultation and information sharing to ensure effective harmonised and synergised legal and policy frameworks that allow for the industry to efficiently generate revenue and profits, while being effectively controlled and regulated by government.

Shikongo said overall the problem in government is that ministries do not consult with each other.

This is bad news indeed, as government labours from one crisis to another, seemingly with little or no synergy.

The impacts for the country are monumental, given the current economic headwinds, in which everyone must pull together to get the country into less stormy waters.

The 'silo mentality' is defined as a mindset that sees certain departments or sectors not wishing to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality reduces efficiency in the overall operation, reduces morale and may contribute to the demise of a productive culture.

Unlike many other trendy management terms this is one issue that has not disappeared over the years. Departmental silos are seen as a growing pain for most organisations of all sizes. It is the duty of the executive leaders and management to prepare and equip their teams with the proper mindset to break down this destructive organisational barrier.

When a deeper look is taken at the root cause of these issues, we find that more often than not silos are the result of a conflicted leadership or turf wars for personal gain.

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