What’s Our Deal?
post # 365 — April 26, 2007 — a Strategy post
I have a new article on my website called “What’s Our Deal?” It’s about “doing strategy” and it begins:
“At a recent conference, I heard a number of successful firm leaders describe how their firms had achieved significant growth and profitability. A common phrase used by each and every one of these firm leaders was â€œmaking sure that all the key people were â€˜on the same page.â€™â€
Clearly, it was important that something was agreed to and shared among the members of these firms. But what? What does â€œbeing on the same pageâ€ really mean? And how is it done?”
To find out my views, you can read the article.
But what are YOUR views?
Gabriella ORourke said:
As ever David, I find your arguments very lucid and compelling. You make a wonderful case for a principles-led organisation, with several very quotable statements (“The practical test…whether people inside the organisation believe all decisions are made on the basis of mission or purpose”; “You cannot get people to dedicate themselves to a cause if you stick to it only ocassionally”; “are people willing to have all actions, decisions large and small…judged in accordance with the mission or purpose?”)
You ask what we think being ‘on the same page’ means and I would contribute the idea of a clear and explicitly defined shared language to embody the principles. In highly advanced societies, ways of thinking (and hence being) are expressed through language. If we wish to influence the cultural and social norms of the organisation then we must be uncompromising about the language we use and accept. Although often trivialised, semantics are important. Words can very clearly embody the principles for which we strive, and can equally pervert the cause. If you consider the origin of words such as member, participant, partner, contributor, employee, leader, manager, supervisor etc. each of them embodies very different ways of operating and expectations of behaviour.
posted on April 26, 2007