“Which road do I take?” (Alice)
“Where do you want to go?” (Cheshire Cat)
“I don’t know,” Alice answered.
“Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter.”
What happens when your team feels like Alice?
In life as in business, having direction is critical. Lack of direction affects performance. Ask yourself: Where are you and your business today? Where would you like it to be? How do you get there? Imagine asking everyone in your organisation. Would the answers be the same? Think about your favourite sporting team: ‘Are they aligned when performing at their peak?’ – How do they find and maintain direction. High performance teams invest heavily in developing clear visions and shared perspectives.
Are you investing enough time in alignment?
Investing time with your team to explore, develop and renew your company strategy is a great way to increase productivity, deliver better service to your existing customers, reach new customers and ensure that your employees are engaged. All of this will deliver top and bottom line returns
“Shared vision and alignment lifts performance ”
This is true in any market and any market conditions. In tough times lack of shared vision and objectives are more likely to stop your business reaching its goals. What could happen if you and everyone in your team took the time to find answers to those questions?
How you can take action
Create the time and space, prepare your team. Expect and welcome challenges and different opinions. Follow a process designed to balance open discussion with reaching conclusions. Make sure conclusions lead to action.
Using outside facilitation can allow you to participate fully in the process alongside your team. An experienced facilitator brings structure, process and outside business perspective. The facilitator is skilled in engaging everyone in the process. You and your team will gain new skills and perspectives. You will gain insights into your business and your team.