The 4 Keys to Organizational Alignment

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Having a strategy is one thing; executing that strategy is something entirely different. High-performing organizations find the balance between setting strategic direction and allowing practical execution through decentralized decision-making, all empowered by Leader’s Intent.

Leader’s Intent means that an organization can say, with 100% confidence, that every team is executing toward the organization’s goals. That is the key to organizational alignment, and ultimately, to effective execution of the team’s overarching strategy.

The Four Keys to Organizational Alignment

Everyone in the organization – from the front line to the C-suite – should understand how their actions directly support the company’s High-Definition Destination, or HDD. Your HDD is that overarching strategy. It’s the future of the company as you would like it to be. Let’s dig into how you can keep everyone on your team aligned as you create that HDD.

  1. Open planning. Open planning takes open minds. Creativity and collaboration are only successful when fostered in a conducive environment. Regardless of the role that someone plays within the business, all egos must be set aside before entering the room in order to fully optimize everyone’s ability to ideate.
  2. No tactical discussions. Strategizing is the name of the game. Details are important but come later on within the process. To be able to delve into the nitty-gritty, you must have a concise understanding of the basis of the strategy.
  3. Be dynamic & time-pressed. Some say they don’t do well when under pressure, yet the best ideas are formulated when your ability to react is limited. Be punctual, and dive into the heart of the problem right away, leaving little room for unsolicited discussion.
  4. Room-wide contribution. In order to lead with intent, every leader within the room must be able to contribute to the discussion. Leaders from various departments who had never collaborated amongst each other before find themselves igniting innovative conversation and mixing ideas and processes to cultivate entirely new points of view using a process we call open planning.

Each department’s active participation in the development of the HDD enables them to return to their teams with an aligned strategy specifically designed to meet the duties of their team. Guided by the intent of their leader, the tactical team will be able to meet the goals and expectations set by not only one department, but the business as a whole.

The results that you will see in the efficiency, productivity, and overall team dynamic by simply leading with intent are remarkable – and it only takes a few basic changes in strategy. Ready to get your team focused and aligned? We’d love to help. Reach out to us here.