Leadership e-tip 12: Improve Performance on KPIs

Improve Performance on KPIs by Increasing Team Alignment

Towards the end of the fiscal year, many leaders look at their goals and key performance indicators to measure what has been accomplished and where the organization has struggled. Many times, when team leaders are frustrated by their team’s failure to execute the team’s strategic objectives they assume this is due to a lack of engagement or commitment. However, in many cases this is because there is a lack of alignment in the team – team members are either not clear about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it, or they simply don’t agree.

Most organizations rarely focus on aligning employees with the organization’s purpose, values, and vision – the focus is mostly, if not totally, on goals and objectives – KPI’s. Your organization suffers when your teams are not in alignment – when they don’t have a clear understanding of

  • The vision for the organization.
  • How they contribute to that vision.
  • What they need to do to achieve it.

The cost to an organization of failing to align leaders and employees with the purpose, values, and vision is a lack of inspiration and engagement. KPI’s typically do not inspire people – well-designed purpose, values, and vision statements do.

How can the leaders in your organization provide direction for their teams, when they themselves are not clear, or don’t buy-in to the vision? Imagine this paralysis afflicting all the employees in your organization who ultimately report to them. That’s a lot of confusion and disengagement!

This is a sobering thought for leaders, but there is a simple solution to the problem. ALIGNMENT CAN BE MEASURED AND ANALYZED! You can measure the degree of alignment that currently exists quite easily. Not only that, you can pinpoint exactly where the problem lies so you can take action.

Click here to learn more, Lack of Team Alignment Leads to Poor Performance (White Paper by Integro Leadership Institute)

I encourage you to reflect on the following questions.

  • What am I doing to encourage team alignment?
  • Have I measured this?
  • What impact would it have on our organization if our teams were aligned with our purpose, values, and vision?

If you feel your answers indicate a need for change, or if you have any questions/concerns please call or email me, 616-446-5075. or pinky@pmcconsulting.net

 

Wishing you the best year ever!

Pinky McPherson