Perhaps an oversimplified take on Organizational alignment, but sometimes(most times) it boils down to (to start with) a set of two to three behaviors as explained in the analogy here.
There was a simple instruction given in the PT class at school to form a straight line with the rest of the students – just look at the student to your right and to your left and align the shoulders & feet. One need not step out of the line to look at the entire line and realign oneself to get it right/straight (in fact that wouldn’t help). It was enough to appreciate the fact that a simple act of looking left and right and aligning with your immediate student (ecosystem) was enough. It lead to the desired result of a group of students aligning themselves in a straight line with ease. Oh yeah! we didn’t fight then saying “why should I align with you, you align with me!”. It was more a participatory sort of alignment and self-adjusting behavior to just get it done and wait for more inputs. Line formation was a precursor to something that would ensue, something fun like splitting up into teams to play a game or learn something new. There was the PT teacher correcting any deviations and setting the orientation (or may be the starting position) for the entire line.
How wonderful would it be if working in (and with) complex and diverse teams delivering to a (common goal) was as simple as just looking left and right, knowing how each team (or each individual in a team) impacted the other and effortlessly align with each other instead of trying to step on each other or introduce a drift (my kind of straight line is better than yours!). Well may be it is that simple indeed in principle…if we tried… until we got it right! And look up to the PT teacher – the company values & mission – to get the orientation right in case of a drift.
For it is not getting in the straight line that matters – the alignment is only the beginning -to start having fun and playing the real game (of delivering something of value to your end-customers).
Working in silos anybody? Time to remember the PT classes!