Have you thought about your team alignment lately or is it something that’s been on the back burner for awhile? An aligned team means that everyone will be working towards the same goals and ultimately rowing towards the same horizon which is the ideal for any company.
When it comes to team alignment you make it as big or as small as you want. If your company is big enough to have substantial departments, you might want to look into aligning the head of each area but if you’re working within a team of two it is still important to work on the same page.In general, when you are able to build a true shared vision, you can bridge the gaps and that often drag down team performance, leading to more effective plans, ongoing decision-making, and project or team management.
How do I start?
It is widely suggested to do three basic things to align your team:
Clearly Communicate Objectives:
This is a little obvious but it’s so critical that it must be mentioned- always! You’re most likely already doing this in one way or another but usually having an initial session to put everything into perspective and being as specific as possible is the best way to get things started.
Allocate Tasks Properly:
If your teams don’t know who’s doing what, it’s going to be tough to get everyone aligned. Start out by having clearly defined roles and tasks for each team member and/or team so that the general flow of your business is visible to all and questions can be addressed by the correct party.
Measure Results Periodically:
Measuring results is imperative! For this one you’re going to need a way to analyze raw. If you’re already a Komet user, you can use our Business Intelligence feature to, not only analyze the data but also, create periodic reports and schedule them to get send out automatically to the key players in your organization.
Once you are able to convey the importance of aligning your teams to everyone involved, you’ll see that there will be more support in organizational transformation initiatives, personal and team accountability will increase, and the cross-departmental communication will be strengthen.