Two Success Factors for Strategic Initiatives: Commitment and Alignment

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There are two simple concepts that drive the successful execution of a strategic initiative: alignment and commitment.

We say that people have integrity when their individual beliefs and actions are consistent. That is a precursor to organizational alignment.

When we collective the individuals into some venture, we need them to be aligned; that is, consistently focusing and acting on the intended outcomes of a strategic initiative: vision, benefits, and transformation.

Metrics are the best tool for fostering alignment; they make things simpler, more transparent, and logical. Individuals want to know who they “report to” – even if they might have more than one manager – and the expectations. 

Program governance activities foster alignment, by logically connecting organizational structure to the espoused strategy.

Along with alignment, leaders must work to secure the commitment of individuals. Commitment is an individual’s willingness to invest resources – and stay invested – in the face of uncertain outcomes. Collective commitment is the aggregation of individuals so that they apply effort towards each strategic initiative.

 What do you think?  Have you seen initiatives where people are not aligned or committed?

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About Greg Githens

Thought leader who helps others think strategically, make strategy, and turn vision into action. Coach, advisor, board member, and hands-on leader. Seminar leader and speaker of popular offerings "How to Think Strategically & Apply Business Acumen" and "Leading Strategic Initiatives (Program Management)." Experience in driving change in Fortune 500 and mid-size companies through strategic initiatives and business transformation.
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