Gerrie Dresser, PCC
The Executive / Personal Brand Coach for
Courageous Leaders and Innovative Companies
to . . .
Maximize their distinctive value and deliver
strategic impact through an engaged team
Courageous Leader . . .
Embrace Your Value. Lead from the Front.”
A Personal Note from Gerrie
Imagine . . . you have a solid vision
mapped out and a compelling strategy to bring your vision to life. You pull
your team together in an ‘all hands’ meeting and share the great news with
But, no one asks questions about the new direction. So, you end the meeting
and thank them for their commitment to move forward.
Then you wonder, Are they are really onboard with the exciting vision that
you shared with them?
You are asking the right question! Research points to “only 30%
of organizations execute their strategies effectively”. So, the other
70% of projects are NOT executed well.
That’s a bit shocking, wouldn’t you agree?
In one highly respected organization, one leader brought diverse styles and
functions together into fully engaged high performance teams to execute a
company-wide change. It also required them to go above and beyond their job
Her success was attributed it to her consensus strategy. One leader felt
that he had consensus with 51% alignment;
she was a 75% or greater alignment leader!
Did it require a longer alignment cycle? Absolutely!
But, as you’ll read in the Featured Article, “5 Steps to Align Your
Team for Remarkable Outcomes”, when you follow a few simples steps,
you significantly increase engagement, productivity, and efficiency. Of
course, your leadership effectiveness gets noticed, also!
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“5 Steps to Align Your Team
for Remarkable Outcomes”
- Are you a manager with responsibility to
engage your direct reports around their annual performance plans?
- Are you a leader who is charged with
aligning your team to execute on strategy flawlessly?
Both require clear communication about your vision
and corresponding strategy. However, according to the research that I
referenced in my ‘Personal Note’ above, these statistics are also
something to take note about:
“95% of managers within an organization report
they do not fully understand what the strategy is
75% of managers do not (feel that they) have a
stake in the strategy’s success
85% of leaders spend less than one hour / month
talking about strategy”
There IS a solution! Paul J.H. Schoemaker outlined
the strategies below in his article, “How to Rally Your Team Around a
New Strategy” in INC Magazine and I’ve added my two cents, based on
10+years of leading high performance matrixed teams!
- Communicate: During change,
trust is one of the most important factors to instill in your
organization. Especially during times of high stress and an
accelerated pace, consistent, brief, and frequent communication
helps to generate higher trust.
- Bring all stakeholders into the
conversation: Often one organization makes decisions that
impact other organizations. Because there are such tight timelines
on every project, leaders are forced to shorten the collaboration
time. By investing the time, you’ll increase engagement and actually
reduce the cycle time.
- Embrace resistance and diverse
perspectives: Strategic leaders courageously address
conflict, bring out differing opinions, and develop win-win
- Go for >51% alignment: People
own solutions when it’s in their gut, not just their head. Rather
than accepting that you have people’s buy-in because they don’t
voice their disagreement, take time to check each person’s ownership
of their part in executing the strategy flawlessly.
- Ensure clear and committed direction:
According to Howard Guttman in his book, “Great Business Teams”, he
outlines his company’s alignment process (Chapter 4, pages 79-110)
that has turned teams and companies around! Key factors include
business deliverables, roles and responsibilities, decision
protocols, business relationships, and “new performance muscle”.
Your Coaching Challenge:
Are you a 51% or a 75%
In the month ahead, invest time to align your team
and organization around your strategic vision!
- Communicate often.
- Create a cross-functional advisory board
of all stakeholders to expedite effective decision making and
- Embrace debate for richer decision making.
- Invest the time to align your team in
- Ensure clear and committed direction on
shared purpose, vision, value and goals with a mutual respect for
their respective roles and strengths.
- Get in touch and update me on your process
and results. I look forward to hearing from you!
Reference: Strategic Leadership:
The Essential Skills
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Do you know what
differentiates you as a
credible and authentic expert?
To remain competitive and
innovative, companies need
leaders, like you, who have the capacity to think in more complex ways and
set a vision that inspires and engages the growing number of matrix-managed
teams to operate at a high performance level.
If you answered YES to any of these
questions then coaching might be a great step forward for you!
To schedule a complimentary
Unique Impact Discovery Session, contact me at
For more information about Gerrie
Dresser, an ICF credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and
practical, innovative thought leader, click here:
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