The Essential Components of Organizational Alignment

To function optimally, a company must have all aspects of operation and culture in sync, a concept termed Organizational Alignment. A company, like an orchestra, must maximize performance to retain customer interest and trust. The symphony requires a conductor directing each section, uniformity to ensure great sound and consistency to ensure a quality show each night.

Similarly, a company needs to follow these key components to realize organizational alignment:

1: Direction

Without a conductor, an orchestra would fall out of rhythm and fail to play the piece of music as intended. Much the same way, a company without direction cannot strive for maximization of potential. A company must develop a systematic plan for improvement and each employee of that company must understand that goal.

2: Balance

Each section of instruments in an orchestra contributes a distinctive component to the performance to take advantage of that instrument's unique quality. A business should function no differently. A company must understand its own strengths and weaknesses and utilize that knowledge. A company cannot hope to perform optimally without first knowing where it can best excel and which areas require improvement.

3: Consistency

The most prestigious symphonies are renowned for their performances time and again because they consistently perform well. A company must prove reliability as well and unfailingly align itself with customer needs. A company must understand the customer and maintain that relationship accordingly. A company must also make a commitment to only act in unity with the systematic plan for improvement. If a company fails to follow that goal, it cannot hope to function at its best.

4: Sustainability

An orchestra does not rehearse for one performance and then retire. Instead, the group hopes to play for an entire season, and renew for a following season. Similarly, a company must implement a strategy for organizational alignment that is sustainable and renewable. This requires a system of internal support to maintain progress toward the larger goal. A company needs to implement the tools necessary to uphold the system and make appropriate adjustments to ensure that goal remains a priority.


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