In management jargon, “the silo effect” refers to a lack of communication and common goals between business units. It happens when individuals within a given division tend to interact more with employees in their own area than with employees outside them.

It is a specific mindset that reduce competence, morale, and productivity; it leads to isolation. It characterises organisations – from political parties to businesses – whose structure and communication is dominantly top-down.

Isolation is the obvious enemy of cooperation. In order to cooperate we need to tear down silos by moving past behavioural issues and agree to a common and unified vision. We need to set up long terms goals, build trust, encourage teamwork, engage and empower. We need to break out of the “my” mentality and into the “our” mentality.