We’re not discussing perseverance, persistence or patience in today’s post – so what’s the payoff?

If you’re going through all the motions and challenges to create a business strategy, then shouldn’t you align the right people in the right roles to  – Go The Distance? Sadly, many organizations we encounter, with people far smarter than me, struggle with making this connection:

Aligning your Talent Strategy with your Organizational Strategy

Let me ask you, would you rather be popular or successful? It’s at these times, the images of former NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach John McKay come to mind. Famously known for some of the most colorful quotes, once quipped when asked about his team’s execution on the field after losing to the Steelers 42-0, “I’m all for it!” Chances are you don’t have the talent you need today or the right people in the right roles. How long will you tolerate this gap between strategy and success?

“Whatever you do in life, always go the distance” – Ken Norton

If you’ve been looking for the right people for those right roles, how do you know they’re well aligned or equipped to deliver results for your business? How are you accurately determining whether your current employees or potential candidates have the skills and the juice necessary to meet your specific business goals? We haven’t even mentioned how your high performers and high potentials fit into this equation. How will you ensure they have the support to translate any strategy into organizational capabilities and any likelihood of success?

Consider, if you will, following this plan to trigger a reality check of current and future states in order to execute and implement to success:

  • Align your strategy with your core capabilities – what you do well, where you are today and where you want to go. [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

  • Translate capabilities into competencies – what you have and what you need. [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

  • Compare competencies and Draw conclusions relative to your top team and your bench [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

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“Only 7% of employees today fully understand their company’s business strategies and what’s expected of them in order to help achieve organizational goals” – The Strategy Focused Organization [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

Improve your focus and increase collaboration by working smart in a simple, practical and elegant way. You don’t need another system to manage or platform to invest in that supposed to streamline the back-end. The goals at risk will always be at risk due to managing overwhelm. The thrust is to evaluate goals, make adjustments, encourage more dialog in order to continuously grow and learn based upon live experiences your people have daily, thus greater awareness, performance and ultimately the results and expected outcomes become just that. Here’s our 3-Step Methodology:

 How-to Align Your Talent Strategy with Your Organizational Strategy:

  1. Design Congruent Goals – improves engagement, execution and results[kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

  2. Build, Borrow and/or Buy Talent – know when each is the right move [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

  3. Ignite a Learning Organization – baked into the fabric of the org [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

Building effective internal communications is a key component of implementing a successful business strategy. You didn’t create the strategy for it to fail, so why set yourself up for failure by not getting your horses lined up to Go The Distance?

Aligning your talent strategy with your organizational strategy is what ensures implementation of the strategy delivers the desired results without fail. Behaviorally-based competency frameworks support learning agility in a simple, practical and elegant manner. The serendipity of it all is your talent pool now has an immediate impact on succession planning.

I’ll bet you didn’t know the “voice” behind the motivation of Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams was Ed Harris. In the movie, Ray’s accepts the challenge of the voice. The question for you is will you accept the challenge,  Go The Distance and Align Your Talent Strategy with Your Organization’s Strategy? [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

“We didn’t tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking” – John McKay [kleo_gap size=”12px” class=”” id=””]

You can always take Coach John McKay’s approach and hope for the best, but my bets on not. It’s getting more difficult every day to improve performance and capacity in global organizations. The lack of sophisticated problem-solving competency, and finding, retaining and ensuring talent commits to the vision of the business are two critical problems facing CEO’s today. We provide robust solutions for our clients returning tremendous value for them & their business.  By aligning talent strategies with business strategies, we create agile, highly profitable organizations that optimize finite resources.

At Brookestone Associates and JScott Partners, providing cradle-to-grave strategic talent solutions influencing Culture while impacting the organization’s Strategy is our wheelhouse. Clients come to us when they struggle with moving things forward in their organization, setting strategic direction, engaging and mobilizing employees, and creating a high-performance culture. We deliver practical, effective execution for maximum results while maintaining meaningful relationships!

Today’s flat, lean global organizations need effective leaders at each level of the enterprise. All of our Leadership solutions provide a deep dive on effectively role modeling the changes in mindset and behaviors Elegant Leaders With Voltage need by re-framing their leadership disciplines, habits and perceptions and by applying proven practices in the context of each businessperson’s specific leadership challenges. I look forward to and welcome your thoughts, questions and comments. Feel free to email directly scott@brookestoneassociates.com For more articles or to connect with me here on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ or on our website and ask about how you can take advantage of our High ROI Leadership solutions today!

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