Alignment & Team Effectiveness

Posted by Tom Locke on December 3rd, 2014 filed in Business, Education, Sports ... All Sorts

Over the years I have come to realize that the key in getting the most out of your people in your organization is based on alignment – the ability to match skill sets with job requirements in a way that creates an environment where everyone on the team is on the same page and has genuinely bought-in to the vision/goals of the organization.

Last year there was quite a disconnect on the Vancouver Canucks hockey team.  Yes injuries can certainly affect performance … but many believe the disconnect could be attributed to the alignment of player skills to the team style of play (i.e. job requirements).  An example would be having the Sedins going from scoring leaders to shot blockers.

This year the Canucks are off to a great start, exceeding fan and hockey experts’ expectation.  Fluke … I think not.  Not only is their style of play effective, it is also quite entertaining.  And everyone on the team has bought-in … the use of four lines appears to have lead to a balanced attack – a characteristic of a contender.

Want to make your organization a contender?  To do so, maybe it’s time to reassess your team’s skill sets in order to meet the demands of the marketplace you play in.

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