Alignment Is Critical in Many Things—Including Leadership

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In my previous blogs, I have had the opportunity to convey many thoughts about some of the fundamentals of leadership. Last week, I built my blog around some thoughts about college football and I do love to compare leadership to various sporting events. I like to build my leadership thoughts around team sporting activities as I think they stand as such unique examples of why, like some sports teams, some businesses excel and why some businesses really never succeed despite strong efforts. When you follow a team in just about any sport today, you often find that most teams have very talented players that have trained for the sport most of their life. Successful coaches who have been around the sport and worked at it most of their life. They have studied and well thought out game plans and in most cases their technology/equipment is the latest and the greatest but they still perform miserably!

More times than not, the reason for this lack of success on a sports team full of great components or a business with great people, good processes and a strong market is driven by one significant factor which is the lack of alignment. The lack of alignment of all these skills, activities, attitudes, behavior or actions is just about always the driving factor in the inability of the sports team or a good business to make a plan work or succeed.

I have shared over several weeks my thoughts about communication, clarity of purpose, involvement versus commitment, vision and passion. Those are all the attributes that I feel are just fundamental to having the potential to being a transformational leader. Now I will begin to hopefully tie all those thoughts together by describing how you align an organization, their processes, their objectives and their performance goals to achieve success or a “winning season”, if you think about this as a competitive event for all involved.

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