When a car’s tire alignment is off, the vehicle may pull to one side or experience uneven tire wear. Bumpy roads, pot holes, or even hitting a curb can affect your car’s alignment, and a car with alignment issues won’t drive as well. Alignment enables peak performance.
Companies can also experience alignment issues. Changes in leadership, teams, or departments, or things like merger acquisition integration can trigger a change in alignment. And companies with alignment issues won’t “drive” as efficiently. Like a tire alignment, Strategic Alignment helps all team members, from executives to frontline employees, get on the same page.
Roadblocks to Alignment
As corporate directives focus on improving productivity and efficiency and reducing waste, companies place increased and overwhelming workloads on their employees. C-suite teams are under pressure to come up with ways to get more from their workforce, but 68% of employees feel like there’s already too much additional work added to their loads.
If there’s a disconnect between the executive team and the frontline employees, then the company faces consequences like low employee engagement and accountability, which may in turn result in wasted work or duplicated efforts later on, missed opportunities, and unmet customer needs.
Here’s the good news: companies can optimize performance while still implementing sustainable improvements if they can identify their problems in communication, infrastructure, and team behavior.
How Strategic Alignment Can Help
Strategic Alignment enables peak performance. A comprehensive Strategic Alignment Assessment offers a 360-degree look at departmental processes and team dynamics. This viewpoint allows companies to identify gaps in their systems before problems hit critical mass. Corporations who have recently stumbled, like Target, Equifax, Wells Fargo, Samsung, and United Airlines, among others, are parables to learn from when it comes to analyzing overall processes. In each of these circumstances, if executives and frontline employees had a more open chain of communication, the real-time information offered by those frontline employees may have been better utilized.
Strategic Alignment operates as a link in creating and driving the organization through open communication. By getting everyone on the same page, a company can ensure that knowledge is shared at all levels. This way, plans can be adjusted to fit the actual conditions, instead of following plans which may no longer be relevant.
Furthermore, performance improvement priorities will be more easily identified, as better infrastructures and support systems will engage the entire employee population. Employees will not only be better empowered to take responsibility for their piece of the pie, but companies will also be able to take steps to offer vital training and implement procedures that help high-performance teams do well.
Repeat after us: Strategic Alignment enables peak performance!
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