No matter how brave or famous he is, if a general cannot get his soldiers to buy into his vision, he has no chance of realizing it. The same is true of every professional. No matter how innovative your ideas, if you cannot get your colleagues, peers and bosses aligned with your way of thinking and working, you can never breathe life into your dreams. Or realize your full potential.

Greater alignment in the workplace helps you set and realize collective goals and develop a healthy interdependence. You rise by lifting others and win when everyone succeeds.

Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.

In the workplace, a professional encounters different work styles. Some enjoy working alone, while others thrive in teams. Creating Alignment is a must-have Thrive Skill for leaders and managers who want groups to work well together. Business alignment is about aligning goals, aspirations and objectives, which leads to business success.

The importance of organizational alignment lies in the fact that people make the place. If a leader or manager can impart knowledge, motivate their teams and support individual aspirations, they can achieve so much more. Professionals must aspire to collaborate, communicate and connect with different people, with different skill sets. Organizational alignment allows them to leverage the right skills for the right role.

Some examples of business alignment are effective teamwork, shared decision-making, flexibility in the workplace, clearly defined goals, vision and purpose and well-functioning management. Business alignment is when the people, place and purpose come together as a cohesive unit. 

Organizational alignment is possible only when the vision, goal and purpose are aligned. Developing Creative Alignment takes open and honest communication to make sure everyone’s on the same page. Professionals need to trust their people, exchange information and keep everyone in the loop. The flexibility that comes with organizational alignment also enables them to tackle setbacks.

The Harappa program that focuses on Creating Alignment as a Thrive Skill is the First Time Manager Program.

Other Thrive Skills under COLLABORATE Competing Fairly, Being Dependable, Win-Win Negotiation, Skillful Teamwork and Navigating Conflict.

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