Creating Corporate Alignment

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What Happens

Creating corporate alignment begins with the challenging and captivating simulation, Terra Nova. Terra Nova is project-based where participants are divided into distinct functional teams with aggressive targets. Acting as citizens of the community of Terra Nova, each of the teams work toward the common goal of “making Terra Nova as prosperous as possible.” Yet, despite this purpose there is a high probability of friction between teams as they each labor on their own portion of the project. As a consequence, quality suffers, conflicts surface and bottlenecks form around production, cash flow, communication, trust, and collaboration.

Terra Nova mirrors the real world project environment with clearly identified common goals, milestones to be achieved, penalties for poor performance, multiple roles and functions among stakeholders, opportunities for collaboration and synergy and for miscommunication and friction. Throughout the program, there is a clear connection to the outcomes — the construction of a city whose size and prosperity will be directly impacted by each group’s ability to step out of their own frame of reference and into that of their partners.

As the simulation unfolds, participants learn to work more effectively together, to communicate with ease, and to create alignment between the objectives and the activities of each of the different teams.

The afternoon of the program is first focused on revisiting the overall goals of the organization. Then, each department or unit represented clarifies their own goals as they reflect upon the organizational goals, as well as receiving confirmation from appropriate parties that the departmental purpose will succeed in the achievement of the organizational goal. Finally, participants identify individuals and entities (both inside and outside the organization) that need to be communicated to meet those goals.

The Key Learnings

  •  Leaders are responsible for owning and communicating vision
  • Consistently reiterate the objectives
  • The clarity of the vision has a big impact on results
  • The tie between communication clarity and results
  • Aligning activities to fulfill organizational goals
  • Are we doing what it takes to get the results we want?
  • Creating and maintaining a solution-focused attitude
  • The value in “stopping the clock” and reviewing our work periodically

Applying the Spark

At the end of the program, participants consider their own personal goals and how they align with the department and organization and then put together their own Applying the Spark, a 90-day implementation plan. This plan considers the current goal clarity of the participant and the desired skills and practices around goal communication and achievement utilized at the end of the 90-day period. Specific, time-bound steps are identified to close the gap. This plan is shared with the participant’s leader within 5 days of the training once the participant is back on the job.

Practical Information

  • The ideal audience: middle managers and leaders up through senior-level management, intact work teams, interdepartmental teams that impact each other’s work
  • Timeframe: 6 – 8 hours
  • For group sizes that range from 12 to 50 or more participants