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  • Writer's pictureWendi Pannell

Innovation on Overdrive: Navigating Team Alignment in the Face of Constraints


Hey tech CEOs, buckle up because we're diving into the world of team alignment – the key to unlocking growth and speed. You're dreaming big, envisioning your company at the forefront of innovation, but let's address the elephant in the room – the frustration of resource constraints.


Growth is not a solo act; it's a symphony played by a well-aligned team. Yet, the frustration of limited resources can feel like trying to build a skyscraper with Lego blocks. Fear not, because the secret sauce lies in aligning your team's strengths with your ambitious vision.


Think of your team as a powerhouse of diverse talents, ready to unleash creativity. Strategic alignment isn't about having unlimited resources; it's about optimizing what you have. It's the art of turning constraints into opportunities, sculpting innovation out of limitations.


So you have a ✅ clear mission and ✅ vision, you're ✅objectives are big and ambitious and your ✅ key results are measurable! Team alignment is up next!

Team alignment means two things to me.

  1. You have the right hearts in the right seats

  2. Those teams and/or individuals are aligned on WHAT the work is and HOW they are going to get the work done.

HOW to ensure the Right ❤️s in the right seats:

You can assess this through several tools or exercises. These are light weight ways to ensure the right roles and resources as a smaller company.

  • RACI Matrix - can show that you have the right roles and responsibility in place. While a RACI matrix doesn’t explicitly assess the “right” people in roles, it creates a structured framework for defining responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Skills Matrix - also know as a competency matrix will give you a visual on where skills are lacking. Used by organizations to assess and track the skills, competencies, and proficiency levels of their employees. It provides a systematic way to identify skill gaps, plan for training and development, and ensure that the right people are in the right roles.

  • Simple Skills Assessment Surveys:

  • Peer-to-Peer Feedback Sessions:

  • Task and Responsibility Alignment Checklists:

  • Regular Check-Ins:

  • Performance Dashboards:

  • Feedback and Recognition Platforms:

Let's talk about organizational alignment on the WHAT and HOW in the next blog post.

Make it a great day!


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