|6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution|
Developing an efficient and innovative new strategy
can be challenging, but not nearly as challenging as aligning people in an
organization to successfully execute that strategy, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article. Summarized
below are six steps to help your leadership team boost alignment and create
focus around the “highest-impact actions that will drive the organization’s
most important outcomes.”
1. Define the
one most important outcome. Identifying the most important thing your team hopes
to accomplish in the next 12 months will help clarify your next steps.
the most essential people. Your strategy may require a team effort, but
it’s also crucial to recognize whose job is most essential to achieving the
organization’s goal. Doing so will help focus leaders’ efforts and resources.
3. Have key players
pinpoint their primary contribution. Similar to how your team should
identify one outcome, your key people should identify their one pivotal
strength related to the strategy and their one key contribution. Simplicity is
a must when it comes to maintaining momentum.
coaching sessions. Leaders should have “laser-focused, 30-minute one-on-one
coaching sessions” to ensure headway is being made and progress is on track.
5. Gather and
report data. Coaching sessions give leaders the chance to collect data on
trends and organizational obstacles team members are facing. Sharing data with
the previously identified key people can help drive priorities forward.
6. Enhance performance.
Have the key contributors fill out surveys on how the organization’s key
strategy is progressing and whether they feel the 30-minute coaching sessions
are valuable or effective. This information can help leaders improve their
—Adapted from “Execution
Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem,” by Peter
Bregman, Harvard Business Review, Jan.