Especially if you're the boss, but either way, to find out if you/your company is one of them, here are seven signs of a dysfunctional company with polarizing leadership from Steve Tobak, managing partner of Invisor Consulting, a management consulting and business strategy firm:
Ivory tower effect - When self-important executives make decisions in a vacuum or otherwise barricade themselves in their expansive corner offices, that creates a nasty cultural divide between management and employees. On the contrary, I knew one executive VP who insisted on sitting in a cubicle with his people. Good man.
Strategy du jour - When dysfunctional executives consistently overreact to a single data point and take the entire organization in a new direction. Often the result of hallway or ad-hoc meetings in obscure places and making decisions in the absence of those who are actually responsible for that sort of thing.
Analysis paralysis - When executives, especially from warring factions, chronically debate issues to death, going down one rat hole or knock-down, drag-out fight after another without actually making decisions because there's no clear leadership to drive consensus.
Silo mentality - When teams, departments or entire divisions act as if they're independent from the rest of the company, usually in a defensive "it's us against them" sort of way when fighting for resources. Often the result of being denigrated by a dysfunctional and divisive CEO. A.k.a. "bunker mentality."
If you see yourself, or your company's leadership caught up in any of these dysfunctional behaviors, get help now; in this still recovering economic climate, such bad behavior, leading to poor company performance, is much more likely to shut doors.
You have been officially alerted....