Welcome to the March issue of Alignment Solutions!
This month’s theme is “Aligned for success: Removing organizational
and personal barriers.” Is your organization preventing its
employees from succeeding? We take a look at some unrecognized and
unintentional barriers that might be keeping your employees from realizing
their potential, then suggest ways to eliminate or minimize these
obstacles to business success.
The Feature Article describes how organizational blockages create misalignment between the contributions employees would like to make and those they are able to achieve, and it suggests how to identify and remove those barriers.
The Business Solutions section offers a set of questions to help you identify blockages that prevent your employees from contributing to the organization’s success.
The Personal Solutions section challenges you to remove barriers to your personal success by testing self-imposed boundaries that may prevent you from living a richer, more joy-filled life.
I invite you to visit my web site at www.BusinessAlignmentStrategies.com
to find articles and resources that may be of value to you and
your colleagues. I welcome your feedback!
Aligned for Success: Removing Organizational Barriers
Is your organization preventing its employees from succeeding?
Do you have employees who are frustrated by their inability to contribute
fully to achieving organizational goals?
My observation is that people want to feel they are part of, or connected to, something larger than themselves. Often they choose to work for a specific organization because they want to “do good.” Yet their dreams of achieving great things often are dashed by unintentional obstacles to that success, such as crippling bureaucracy, archaic assumptions and processes (i.e., the “we’ve always done it that way” syndrome), or what I call contextual misalignment, which results when a practice or behavior that serves the organization well in one area is repeated in other areas even when it causes dysfunctional outcomes. In such environments, employees become disillusioned, burned out, and/or disengaged – and the organization suffers the consequences of the resulting misalignment.
Recently I heard a sermon in which the priest said, “People come to church looking for the ‘boom’ (i.e., a connection to something bigger than themselves) but all we give them is organized religion.” It struck me that this idea often is true in business: in addition to making a living, many people join organizations to make a contribution and/or to feel connected to a cause or group in which they believe or to which they want to belong. Yet their initial excitement and enthusiasm often is extinguished by institutionalized barriers to their success.
What things are getting in the way of the “boom” that your employees are seeking? Here are two steps you can take to identify and correct the misalignment between employees’ willingness and ability to contribute to organizational success and the elements needed to support those efforts (e.g., environment, structures, processes, and skills).
Imagine how quickly your organization could achieve its goals if your employees were unimpeded by institutional barriers that hinder their success! I invite you to begin today to take the actions necessary to make that picture a reality.
For examples and more information about removing obstacles to organizational
success, please see my article Aligned
for Success: Removing Organizational Barriers on my web site.