Organisational Alignment – The Big “O”

Organisational Alignment - The Big "O"I came across this piece of research that supports my contention that the key to great execution is Organisational Alignment.  Stephen Covey, in his book, “The 8th Habit” describes a poll of 23,000 employees from a number of companies and industries.

He reports the poll’s findings.

  • Only 37% said that they had a clear understanding of what their organisation is trying achieve and why.
  • Only one in five was enthusiastic about their team’s and their organisation’s goals.
  • Only one in five said that they had clear “line of sight” between their tasks and their team’s and organisation’s goals.
  • Only 15% felt that their organisation fully enables them to execute key goals.
  • Only 20% fully trusted the organisation they worked for.

If an AFL team had these same scores, only 7 players would know which way they were playing.  What’s more, only 4 would care.  Only 4 would know what position they play and know exactly what they were supposed to do.  And 14 out of the 18 players would, in some way, be competing against their own team members rather than an opponent!

Makes you think doesn’t it? I define Organisational Alignment as follows:

  • Everyone understands where the organisation is now
  • Everyone understands the destination and the journey
  • Everyone understands their role in getting there

How would your organisation rate?



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