MVP: We can align structures and resources to help people do their work more easily or effectively.
In my second year teaching 8th grade history, I wanted to use a more collaborative teaching style and have my students working together consistently.
I arranged the desks into groups of four, but it was very clunky.
Thankfully, my principal supported me by investing money in large tables, which made it much easier for students to collaborate.
Organizational friction can occur not only with purpose, but also with structures and resources.
In my example, the physical layout of the room, and the tangible resources I has (desks) were misaligned to the way I wanted my teaching to support our purpose.
My principal used financial resources to help me change the structure of the room.
In other words, my principal made it easier for me to do my work by aligning resources and structures.
His actions made me feel supported.
When leaders seek to align the organization and decrease friction, it becomes easier for people to do meaningful work.
Today’s intention: Reflect on what leaders have done to make it easier for you to do meaningful work. Then, reflect on what you have done to make it easier for others to do meaningful work!