19 Apr Aligning Your People With Your Purpose
If you’re not seeing the results you want or achieving the goals you set out, most likely, you’re out of alignment.
Alignment with your team, managers, or others in your workplace is vital to success. Can you get where you want to be without alignment? Sure, but it’s going to take a lot longer, and you’re likely to have many breakdowns along the way. Not to mention turnover.
Misalignment can present itself in different ways. It can be the lack of results. It can reduce productivity. It can be mistrust or gossip. It can look like frustration or poor communication.
How Do We Get Misaligned?
The result of misalignment can be when leadership gets in their own way. Providing benefits, resources, or support they perceive or assume is needed or wanted rather than asking those who will benefit from them.
It’s hard to work together in a group if you don’t know what you’re working towards. Communication about your purpose is crucial for teams to work well together and understand the end result.
If you’re repeating the same information throughout each week and feel like you’re on a carousel of drama around the workplace, you’re misaligned, and it’s time to get back on track.
How Do You Get Aligned?
Leaders need to take the first step. They need to initiate. This is a two-way street, but leaders need to begin the conversation with clear communication.
What are your goals? What is the purpose of a project, a change, a new benefit, etc.?
Take a step back and reflect on these from the eyes of your team. Their values, goals, and needs are different from yours.
They may not be in alignment with your purpose because they are more concerned with an income that can provide for their family than what you’re trying to achieve. They need to have their basic needs met first to focus on the purpose and become aligned.
It’s okay to ask what their needs are; in fact, I encourage it through one-on-one conversations so that you can achieve better alignment and support in the ways they need, not the ways you think.
The easiest way to begin alignment is through your onboarding process. Get everyone off on the right foot within your culture to create that alignment. For those already in the fold, one-on-one conversations are a great way to realign with existing employees.
Benefits of Good Alignment
You’ll see the results you want when you align your people with your purpose through clear and genuine communication.
You’ll see increased productivity and engagement when you focus on their needs and wants and less on yours.
Good alignment is healthy boundaries and understanding of each member’s role within a team or organization. You’ll see less turnover and an overall healthier culture where your bottom line and your people will thrive.
“A team aligned behind a vision will move mountains.” – Kevin Rose