My guess is that, whatever you lead, you
Want to lead an aligned organization
See as much agreement in your organization as you can
Find and cultivate consensus
Let me go out on a limb here and guess that it’s been a struggle.
Aligning people around a common mission, vision and strategy is hard work.
Getting people to agree is difficult.
And finding consensus can sometimes seem impossible.
I get that. I’ve been there.
The trap I’ve seen so many leaders fall into is that they approach alignment, agreement and consensus backwards.
Many (if not most) leaders try to get:
I’ve tried that too.
The problem with that approach is it almost never works. In fact, it’s backwards.
When you figure out the right order, it can change how you lead forever, and help everyone involved.
If you miss it, it can leave you and everyone you lead floundering.
Consider this: when the automobile was first invented, almost nobody saw how big the car would become. The Literary Digest wrote:
“The ordinary “horseless carriage” is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.”
Consensus about the car developed after the car was introduced. Not before.
The application to your situation is direct.
So let’s get at it.
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