3 Tips for Aligning Your Team’s Organisational Priorities
Dominoes can provide a great degree of satisfaction through the careful alignment of each tile in relation to the one that’s set up before, designed to fall in perfect connection once the first one is tipped.
When they’re not in alignment, however, dominoes can literally fall flat: failing to engage the next tile in the chain, resulting in a complete disruption of the intended flow of energy.
Aligning team priorities can feel like trying to build the perfect path of dominoes. When teams are aligned in values, priorities and communication, energy can flow in pre-planned directions, gathering momentum as it moves. When there’s a hole in that alignment, it doesn’t take long before things begin to fall apart.
Learning how to coordinate teams around shared priorities is crucial to the ongoing viability of any endeavour. Here are three tips for building that alignment.
Build your foundation on clarity
Why do your employees go to work every day?
If your team aren’t clear on the purpose and vision of the organisation, identifying shared priorities becomes a much more challenging prospect. Purpose and vision allow individual players to understand how their everyday functions feed into the outcomes of the organisation itself. Not only does this build into a more cohesive framework for ongoing priority identification, but it also empowers team members to bring creative and critical thinking skills into each element of their professional tasks and requirements.
Generate agreement and buy-in
All the clarity of vision in the world won’t create alignment within a team that doesn’t believe in their ability to execute it.
By creating opportunities for team members to provide feedback on the value of priorities and organisational KPIs, leadership teams can gain invaluable insights as to how top-line priorities impact the daily operations of the business organisation. If a manager or leader sets a priority for a team that feels under-resourced to actually achieve it, for example, that priority will continue to be a pipe dream, rather than a reality.
Strategic brainstorming sessions, reviews, alignment surveys and open conversations can create opportunities for individuals to provide feedback on how a certain priority sits in accordance with their own ability to contribute to it. By identifying any gaps in the organisational structure or everyday workflows, these priorities can then be reaffirmed through the resolution of the roadblocks standing in the team’s way.
Make trust a non-negotiable factor
If you’re asking your team to step into the unknown as a part of moving towards a shared priority, it’s imperative that trust is a non-negotiable factor in their interpersonal relationships. As Warren Bennis states, ‘trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organisations to work.’ The active development of trust between every member of a team may be the single most important factor in genuinely aligning behind common goals and a shared vision.
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