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What Strategic Alignment Means and Why It Matters

The Four Dominant Patterns Among Organizations That Have Successfully Built a High- Development Culture

In their book, It’s the Manager, Jim Clifton and Jim Harter, reported that Gallup found the four dominant patterns among organizations that successfully built a high-development culture:

1. High-Development Cultures are CEO and Board Initiated.

Strategic Alignment sounds good to almost everyone. But the term has become watered down, consultant speak. Here is what it really means. Strategic alignment is when managers and employees can see a seamless connection between what they are asked to do and what the organization stands for and is trying to get done.

Clifton and Harter continue, “Anything you call ’employee engagement’ has no value unless it meets those criteria.” Here’s what the best do:

  • The organization has a well-defined purpose and brand — why it exists and how it wants to be known. Everyone in the organization understands that employee engagement is a system for achieving unity of purpose and brand. Leaders explicitly connect engagement elements to their business issues. This means making engagement relevant to everyday work rather than an abstract concept.
  • “Top executives initiate the effort. They know that their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors have a powerful cascading effect on their organization’s culture. Leaders of great workplaces don’t just talk about what they want to see in the management ranks — they live it.
  • “Leaders map out a course for improvement. They identify where the company is today and where they want it to be in the future.”
    [It’s the Manager: pages 113 -116]

In The Next Issue:

I will go deeper with each of the other three patterns:

2. High-Development Cultures Educate Managers On New Ways Of Managing.

3. High-Development Cultures Practice Company-wide Communication.

4. High-Development Cultures Hold Managers Accountable.

Teach Managers How to Bring Out the Best In Each Employee by Coaching Them Based on Their Work Style.

This unique assessment will reveal your Directing and Delegating Style, your approach to Developing Others, and the Environment you create. In addition, you will learn how to apply them to each of the primary work styles of your employees.

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