A “line of sight” means that everyone is able to describe how their current work is part of the larger vision
and the organization's core strategies.
Many organizations have an annual
process to create goal alignment that cascades down the organization. Such a top-down approach is helpful but incomplete as it typically improves clarity–but shortchanges adaptability.
Do a quick reality check
on line of sight
Choose 3-4 people at random from different levels in your organization to check in with one to one.
Ask each for a quick sketch of what they are working on. Then, how those tasks connect to the vision and strategy of the organization.
Is there a clear connection?
Can they articulate it?
Now, go talk to who they report to...
In a dynamic environment, direction that is too
rigid constrains innovation and experimentation. Yet innovation and experimentation tends to wander off course without a clear structure to test against. Both lead to rationalizing failures as due to unforseen circumstances.
So how do you accommodate the need for top-down clarity
and bottom-up innovation?
Signet shows leaders how to build alignment
throughout cascading priorities, and find the
balance between rigid alignment and situational reactivity—by building the habit of separating the what from the how. This allows an emphasis on intended results and measures on one hand, and on the other, deliberately innovating against the leader’s intent (using
Emergent Learning practices built into the execution).
For a more in-depth look at how your organization's structures and norms shape its level of agility, take a look at our self-scoring FREE Organizational Agility Assessment.
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