How to Facilitate Alignment
January 19, 2012 17 Comments
Building consensus around proper alignment helps groups identify gaps, omissions, overkill, and to confirm appropriateness and balance.
Create a matrix of the options (eg, actions) and the targets (eg, goals). Common itemsthatmay be aligned include the comparison of strategies to objectives.Alignment consists of four steps. The steps are:
- Here you manage the matrix with a linear approach, but be careful to always ask the open-ended question, “To what extent does ‘x’ (ie, option, action, or strategy) support ‘y’ (ie, target, goal, or objective) ?”
- Having defined the PowerBalls (preferably with a wall mount or projected legend that is available throughout for group reference), label each cell with either a high, low, or moderate PowerBall symbol, indicating the extent to which the option supports the target.
- After completing the grid, ask the group to confirm completeness. Add anything missing or modify as required (eg, change or calibrate an option).
Note: The solid balls indicate high, the empty circles indicate low, and the half-filled balls indicate moderate.
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