In every enterprise – regardless of size – it is a well-established principle that the business runs better with a significantly stronger likelihood of success when the management team and employees are well aligned. The creation of a culture where there is “buy-in” by all personnel is what we refer to as a “Team that looks outward together.”
As many business owners know, talking about it and accomplishing it are frequently two different things. There are literally hundreds of organizational alignment models that diagram what this should look like on paper. However, the concept of “organizational alignment” is talked about more often than it is accomplished. In the end, accomplishing true alignment and maintaining it requires introspection, sensitivity, patience, discipline, and a host of other elements.
Evidence of true alignment can frequently be observed in many team situations including…
- Outstanding Sports Teams
- Exceptional Symphony Orchestras
- Superior Medical Facilities and especially Operating Rooms
Creating a successfully aligned business can be compared to training the members of a crew team… It’s necessary to get everyone pulling on the oars in the same direction with the right force at the same time. That’s what wins crew races and builds championship crew teams! Organizational effectiveness consulting is about identifying key team players and their roles to achieve synergistic goals for the business.
Question 1: Is your team operating with “peak alignment?”
Question 2: Is that what you think… or what your team thinks?