Have you ever felt like everyone in the company was working against you? Have you ever felt like everyone was doing their own thing and not what was really needed? If so, have you ever wondered why?
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It can be pretty aggravating being the leader. But what if…
What if leadership guru Patrick Lencioni’s assertion is true? He said, “If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.” (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni).
When reading a quote like the one above there are a number of reactions that can follow. Some of you thought, “What? Are you kidding? That’s impossible.” Others have concluded, “Yes! We could do that.”
Whatever your reaction was on that spectrum of pessimism to optimism the question remains. What would happen if you began moving your organization or team in that direction…even if it was only slowly moving toward that place of a uniform stroke? Think about the tangible and intangible benefits to your employees, customers, suppliers and community.
As I reflected on the last few months of working with my clients I realized that I find myself in the midst of strategic planning with quite a number of them. This hasn’t been an intentional push by me, but something has emerged that has been striking.
I have come to a firmer and firmer belief in Mr. Lencioni’s statement and am more and more convinced that creating organizational clarity is absolutely paramount. The reason? Because of the cost of organizational confusion. It is staggering to think about and painful to watch.
And, you are the one responsible for creating clarity. Here are four questions you should ask yourself, as the leader, to create the kind of organizational clarity that will lead your company forward in a more unified rhythm.