Cross-team traffic

A saying that historians and economists often quote – When goods don’t cross borders, armies do.

When two states are interdependent through trade, it is less likely that they try and invade each other. This principle applies to teams within a modern organization. As long as information crosses team boundaries, there is transparency, trust and teamwork. When information doesn’t cross team borders, organizational politics do. The moment information is held within siloes, there is opaqueness, mistrust and eventually conspiracy.

The need for efficiency and specialization demands that we are broken up into teams. The degree to which information flows between these teams is the extent to which they can work towards a common goal.

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