Video: A Conversation with Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

Financial Times’ Gillian Tett on Breaking Down Silos

R. Peter Straus Lecture Event Marking the Fourth Anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management

The Yale School of Management marked the fourth anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management on April 6 by hosting a conversation with Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.

Tett discussed her latest book, The Silo Effect, which examines the human tendency to create barriers that hinder collaboration and innovation—both across cultures and within organizations—and how some businesses overcome them.

Organizations can’t avoid arranging themselves into functional and geographical groups, but they shouldn’t let those groupings limit them, she said.

“We can’t live without silos,” she said. “We need silos, but we don’t have to be trapped by the tradition, and silos, and taxonomies of the past.”

Despite the connectedness that technology has brought the modern world, Tett said, many individuals and organizations still cling to vestiges of "tribalism" that induce "a tunnel vision" when it comes to working with people from other cultures—or even other departments within a business organization.

Tett said that her background as an anthropologist was valuable in understanding the worlds of business and politics.

“Cultural and social studies really matter,” Tett said. “We need to look at ourselves as part of the human condition to get a good bearing on what’s going on in the world.”

A Becton Distinguished Visitor, Tett spoke in a conversation moderated by Yale SOM Dean Edward A. Snyder. Neal Keny-Guyer ’82, CEO of Mercy Corps, provided closing remarks. The event, presented under the auspices of the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series, was shared via video conference with member schools of the Global Network for Advanced Management.

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About the Event

Please join us on Wednesday, April 6 for a special event marking the fourth anniversary of the Global Network for Advanced Management: A Conversation with Gillian Tett, U.S. Managing Editor, the Financial Times. Ms. Tett, a Becton Distinguished Visitor, will engage in conversation with Edward A. Snyder, Indra K. Nooyi Dean & William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management. Remarks will also be provided by Neal Keny-Guyer '82, CEO of Mercy Corps.

The event is being presented under the auspices of the R. Peter Straus Lecture Series.

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