We were having a team
dinner, there are now 40 people, and as I looked around, I realized I don’t
know all of them that well. I noticed people were seated with others from their
departments. Sales people were with sales people, ops with ops, etc. I realized
I had a problem on my hands; the company was already breaking into silos.
We always valued
collaboration and saw it a part of our culture and differentiation. But I could
see this slipping away. Where had I gone wrong?
When someone joined the
company, they worked in each department and we had open meetings with everyone
in the company. When possible, we had multi-departmental teams working on
projects. What else could I do? If I failed to act now, the problem would get even