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 items that may 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 explanation that is available throughout for group use—see prior post), 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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