The THE TEAM ALIGNMENT METHOD is summarised here:
STEP ONE: Design The Vision “Where we are going”
One of the key characteristics of an ALIGNED Team is that they work collaboratively towards a shared vision.
A vision includes both the WHAT is to be achieved and the WHY it is to be achieved and because it leverage’s both key motivators, it provides an essential destination to which the team can move towards together. Without a shared vision, creating an ALIGNED Team is not possible, because the vision is the glue that binds the individuals in the team together.
STEP TWO: Create The Culture “How we behave”
Whilst the Vision provides the direction, it is the Culture that provides the conditions to enable the team to achieve it. Culture is often difficult to define because it is not tangible, but culture is entirely visible through its manifestation in the work environment: in the behaviour of the people in the team.
Culture literally translates to “How we behave around here” and the more explicit the team is about the culture that best supports the vision, the more likely they are to adopt consistent behaviour that also supports it.
STEP THREE: Establish The Goals “What we are aiming for”
Whilst the Vision provides direction and the Culture provides the conditions to enable the team to achieve it, it is the team’s Goals that drive their daily, weekly and monthly activities to ensure that they move incrementally and consistently towards it.
The vision is the destination and the goals break the vision down into incremental milestones which brings the vision closer to the current reality, providing achievable targets to aspire to and reach along the way.
STEP FOUR: Define The Roles “How we fit in”
One of the most noticeable characteristics of an ALIGNED Team is that each individual within it is completely clear about the role they play in achieving the common Goals and reaching the shared Vision and as a result they have a high level of accountability.
However, accountability only works when there is complete clarity of responsibility and expectations and this is why defining the individual roles within the team, complete with where responsibility lies for specific tasks and who is accountable for certain outcomes, is absolutely essential.
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Since working with Tamsen, we have achieved significant business success in a very short space of time. With a clear vision my team & I knew where the business needed to be and with the right mindset, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, and a plan, everyone knew what needed to happen and when. Motivated for and focused on success we were able to achieve big results easily.Susan Fullbrook