management silo

The management silo mindset is that a particular function in an organization must not cooperate with any other function, if it is to do its job properly. There are usually a number of functions that must not ever be permitted to be "tainted" by goals of other silos in the organization. In corporations where product lines may directly compete with each other, for instance, the divisional structure separates the management so that each is evaluated as if they were a separate company. A financial management firm organizes itself into totally separate portfolios and does not permit any overall strategy (which would become a dangerous single point of dependency) to develop that would cross all portfolios. Likewise the audit protocol of all organizations must assume that auditors are not in any way involved with the decisions that they inspect.

In a political party the member protocol must be a silo separate from all other functions. If current leaders and management strategies are permitted to limit or inhibit new members from joining, then the party will soon be led by a clique and not respond to changing circumstances and changing political needs. Rising stars will complain that "their" members aren't treated fairly when they try to support candidate nominations. The party's reputation for fairness will be publicly tarnished.

In organizations that practice participatory democracy the policy authoring and position protocol must also be a silo independent of the persons who are presently administering that process. Else the preferential position held by the leadership will soon undermine all initiatives against their will, and the party will not be participatory but leader-run.