If you are clear on the big mistake that most Executive teams are making, then you know that leaders are their most effective when they use the company’s vision statement to make every decision- and they encourage employees to do the same. This type of Vision-based decision-making begins to align the company’s culture in the pursuit of a common goal. So how else can you make sure everyone is working towards the same purpose?
Here are 5 things Executive teams can do to align their company’s Strategy with its Vision.
- Give the big picture strategy to every employee
Share a complete overview of the company’s strategy with every employee. Invite questions so that people can see, take ownership of, and become invested in achieving success together.
- Get the right people in the right roles
Learn the strengths of your team with a diagnostic such as CliftonStrengths. Ask Leaders and team members if they are using their strengths to get things done productively. If they’re not, shift responsibilities so the employee can provide a greater contribution to the company’s goals and feel more invested in its success.
- Choose the right milestones
Define short and long term measurable outcomes for each step of the process. Prioritize each person’s objectives by clearly defining which pieces of the overall business strategy are most critical for their role.
- Communicate often
Schedule regular town halls and one-on-one meetings with team leads and employees. Ask what challenges they are facing, and what tools they may need to do their best work in order to achieve the company’s goals.
- Be willing to adapt
Invest resources into the leaders and teams who feel empowered and motivated by the roles they play and the responsibilities they have. Your best players may even have better ideas on how to achieve your strategic goals; be ready to adapt your strategy not just based on the competitive environment but also on your people.
Do your employees know what the future of your organization looks like? Are they inspired by that vision and strategy to get there? Take our FREE Vision, Alignment, and Motivation assessment to see if your employees are living out your company’s vision and executing its strategy every day.