The Importance of Strategy Alignment
Business profitability depends upon an executive team’s ability to inspire leadership and employees to take a directionally correct course of action with full competence and commitment. However, the challenge for most executive leaders is that they are often too busy to sit down and agree upon that direction or lay out the strategy to focus collective resources on the most important business goals.
Achilles’ Fractional HR model includes a broad spectrum of leadership resources. We earn the trust needed to influence, and then we engage as a catalyst for accountability, growth and profit focus. We also can facilitate at the executive level to support visioning, planning and execution on long range cultural and leadership development initiatives. Achilles HR professionals can serve as both a contributor and coach to equip your team, build engagement and execute on those plans.
Strategy Alignment – The Achilles Way!
STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT, THE ACHILLES WAY, BEGINS WITH A DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO ORGANIZE PRIORITIES WITH AN ARCHITECTURAL MINDSET.
We recognize that our entrepreneurial client leaders typically keep a long list of priorities, which is one of their biggest challenges. The key is to determine which priorities must precede others as we build a strategic plan that goes beyond ideas. Once priorities are directionally correct and sequenced properly, we can organize people and teams around the levers they must pull to achieve profitable outcomes.
PERSPECTIVES ON STRATEGY ALIGNMENT:
1. LOOK TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Don’t treat your mission, vision and values as a strategy unto itself. Look beyond simply what the company stands for and look towards the future and what the company wants and needs to be.
2. BEGIN WITH LASER FOCUS
Begin with laser focus on the key impacts and actions you must encourage. Go beyond the theory, help employees recognize progress and know what levers they can pull to make a difference.
3. INVENTORY THE TOOLS
Take the time to inventory the tools you need to attack the challenge. Tools may be a process, people resources, leadership competencies, systems, data sets or even relevant research.
4. EQUIP PEOPLE
Equip people to use the tools with the right technique to move your strategy forward. All of us have had access to great tools that we did not fully know how to effectively engage.
5. DON’T ASSUME
Don’t assume your team already has the focus, tools and technique to execute any strategy. Though you know your business inside and out, you may need an outside perspective to act as a catalyst for the visioning and planning stages of your initiatives and to ensure all the pieces fit together properly.
At Achilles Group we know that, in simple terms, leadership is communication. It is our passion to help your leadership communicate well one-on-one and across the organization. We seek to preserve and build upon the best aspects of your business heritage and align your people with your initiatives and priorities.