Would You Like Your Team to Fully Commit to the Strategy?
Smart leaders know it is imperative to get their team to fully commit to the strategy. And our organizational alignment research backs them up. Strategy clarity accounts for 31% of the difference between high and low performing organizations in terms of:
Strategic Commitment Is Different Than Strategic Agreement
Getting your team to fully commit to the strategy is different than having your team agree with the strategic direction. For strategic commitment to occur, you need more than your executive team’s simple “okay.” You need your team to fully commit their hearts and their minds to the strategy by devoting
Without strategic commitment, new strategies often falter in the face of change, cultural misalignments, and uncertain outcomes.
Seven Ways to Measure Strategic Commitment Levels
If you want your team to fully commit to the strategy, you need to talk with each leader to make sure that they:
Do Not Begin Strategy Execution Until You Have Strategic Commitment
If you sense hesitation or disagreement from anyone on the leadership team, now is the time to uncover it…before one of your leaders knowingly or unknowingly sabotages the effort. It may just be a matter of giving them time to adjust to the changing situation. Remember, change never comes easily, and you must realistically expect some resistance.
How to Bring Around Strategic Naysayers
If you encounter naysayers, you may need to try to bring them around with more than a persuasive discussion or compelling data. Try taking them on a journey of discovery. Let them experience the difference between doing things the old way and what it will feel and look like doing things according to the new strategic plan.
Three Examples of a Journey to Improve Strategic Commitment
If Your Strategy Is Based on a Shift to Sell Solutions Instead of Products
If Your Strategy is Based On Engaging and Retaining Top Talent
The Bottom Line
To help you team to fully commit to the strategy, you may need to take your team out of the board room and into the trenches. Ask hesitant leaders what specifically they would need to have happen to champion the new strategies. Then work with them to make it a reality.
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