The cumulative effects of misalignment are a significant constraint on the ability of an organization to execute its strategy.

In fact, research has shown that up to 50% of the resources of a typical organization are not being effectively applied to the mission and vision of the company.

There are two types of organizational alignment: creeping and strategic.

Creeping misalignment occurs gradually every day, often in very small ways as the organization changes. In every day processes, as the organization changes, the “current” approach to doing things becomes less aligned with the goals of the company. As a result, it becomes an increasing drag on the success of the company until corrected.

Strategic misalignment occurs suddenly, when the leadership sets a strategic VFO (vital few objective) — but the systems and resources of the organization are not deployed to support it. This type of misalignment surfaces suddenly as a barrier to implementing new strategies.

BOTTOMLINE: If your leadership does not learn how to align resources with goals, the free market will.