MVP: To understand misalignment, ask the people who are doing the work.
Yesterday, I ended by noting that it is a leader’s job to use change processes to bring greater organizational alignment, but how do we know the organization is misaligned?
One of the mistakes many leaders make is looking at the purpose, or more specifically how we measure success, as an indicator for the necessity for change.
The challenge in this approach is that we focus on a number or outcome, but not the process.
The outcome isn’t right because the process isn’t right.
So how do we better understand the process?
Ask the people who do the work!
They will point out the sources of misalignment because they live with it every day!
Here’s the final caveat – change can create more misalignment when applied improperly.
If you aren’t quite clear on this, go back and listen to episode 123 of The Assistant Principal Podcast with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. O’Gorman. They described a process designed to get clear directions from the people closest to the work.
Today’s intention: Whenever you experience a friction point in your work, it is an indication that something might not be aligned. Pay attention today. When it feels like you are swimming upstream, something might need to change.