Is there a simple test you can give to find out how siloed or collaborative your organisation is? For that we need to create the equivalent of the “marshmallow test”.
Fifty years ago, Walter Mischel, a professor of psychology had given a bunch of preschoolers the famous “marshmallow test,” to gauge the level of self-control of children. Five-year olds sat at a table with their favourite treat, in this case, a marshmallow. Then the adult left the room and the kid was all alone. If they resisted eating anything for 15 minutes, they got two marshmallows; otherwise they just got one. The experiment was designed to test the child’s ability to delay gratification. Children who resisted eating the marshmallow (showed more self-control) went on to have higher SAT scores than those who couldn’t resist temptation. In later years they were also thinner and earned more advanced degrees.
I have a similar test that can give you a quick measure of collaboration. The next time you check into a hotel, try to hand over your laundry to someone from another department. Then watch for the person’s reaction. Do they ask you to hand it over to the “right department” or do they do it themselves?