In our May/June issue we asked you how you would define the word alignment in your business. Many of you took the time to respond with your best thinking and experiences on the meaning of alignment. The concept of a singular focus or shared focus came across loud and clear.
Others talked about the interlocking ownership of vision and values with a strong line of sight from the organization to division, to teams, to individuals. We have a real bias for simplifying metaphors, and you suggested the idea of a machine with a systematic flow of people, processes, and technology to perform efficiently on a daily basis.
At the heart of alignment is understanding. You suggested that the big picture or understanding the WHY behind decisions and actions can appeal to people’s highest level of thinking, and as a result enables the highest level of alignment and commitment.
Regardless of the definition that most resonates for any of us, the one sentiment that came across clearly in all definitions is the feeling that as we raise the sails of the organization, the real magic of alignment is that it catches the power of the wind, harnessing people and capabilities that we already have, to take us to new destinations and levels of performance.