Ever watched a rowing eights event? To achieve success, the rowers must stroke at the same pace with the blades of every oar pulling at the same depth in the water.
Organizational alignment is the absolute compatibility between the strategic and cultural paths
They all know the overall game plan for success and they are ready to respond to the orders of the coxswain (who’s job it is to quarterback the execution of the race strategy and communicate the adjustments that keep the boat on course in changing wind and water conditions) as individuals and as a cohesive unit.
Each member of the team knows what their job is during the race and that they can rely on their coaching, training, boat, and equipment, and the skills, technique, and commitment of their teammates while the race is on.
When team alignment and cohesion is off, the boat strays off course, essentially wasting time, energy, and the resources that were invested in trying to achieve the goal of winning the race.
Without alignment, the best strategic plan will never be fully achieved
It’s very much the same for an organization. Without alignment, the best strategic plan will never be fully achieved because organizational alignment is the glue that makes strategy execution excellence happen.
Ultimately, a high level of organizational alignment is essential for achieving increasingly better business performance results now and in the future! That’s why organizational alignment is so important for achieving better performance results.
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