Posts tagged ‘organizational alignment’

One Goal: What the Chicago Blackhawks Taught Me About Organizational Alignment

As I write this, there are about four hours until the puck drops for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings. A friend of mine is taking me to the game, and the anticipation of experiencing my first NHL playoff game has my stomach in knots; I’ve never been more excited about anything in my life short of my children being born.

In a few hours, I’ll be standing in the United Center with 22,000 people who share my excitement and passion. Across the Chicago area and even the world, there are millions of Blackhawks fans who are feeling the butterflies right now. But why?  Why are we all united in this pursuit of a Stanley Cup?  Why do we stand with every member of this Blackhawks team, from the first line stars like Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews, to the unsung but equally loved fourth line guys like Michael Frolik?

For a Hawks fan, the answer is simple: One Goal.

On Alignment

The term “alignment” is at the cemetery gates for IT buzzwords.  On one hand, it is very encouraging to see the concept of alignment getting so much attention in trade publications and blogs; on the other hand, the lack of definition around the term has led it down the path of so many fundamental ideas before it that have lost their way due to the complex critical thinking required for large scale comprehension and applicability.  Alignment is an absolute necessity and can’t be left to die simply because it is not clearly defined for the masses.