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Line of Sight Management – Communication, Engagement & More!

Line of Sight Management
Line of Sight Management – Communication, Engagement & More!
​According to recent studies from a variety of sources, leaders are doing a dismal role in helping their employees grasp the company's vision and how they fit in.

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Line of Sight Management
Line of Sight Management – Communication, Engagement & More!

According to recent studies from a variety of sources, leaders are doing a dismal role in helping their employees grasp the company's vision and how they fit in.

You've most likely heard the story of two bricklayers. When you ask one of the bricklayers what he's up to, he answers, "I'm putting up a wall." When you question another, he responds, "I'm building a castle." Leaders need more employees who realize that they're not just constructing a wall, but constructing a castle in order to drive performance.

Helping employees understand strategy is important, according to research, but we're far from the wall and the castle. The statistics reveal that there are a variety of causes for this, including leaders' inability to do so.

Understanding strategy means business

Line of Sight Communication

Leadership communication that focuses on articulating the organization's vision, mission, and strategies, as well as how employees' particular roles fit into the broader picture, is a critical driver of how employees feel about their leaders and the efficacy of internal communication in general. The Grossman Group's 2016 Communication Climate Index.

Over the course of six to twelve months, motivating employees to help you realize your strategic vision enhances profitability by 22 percent to 27 percent. "4 Ways to Employee Engagement to Help Achieve Your Strategic Vision," August 2015, a working study of 100s of their client firms.

57 percent of Americans surveyed said they would perform better at work if they had a better understanding of the company's direction. Employee Engagement Barriers Study, Zeno Group, 2014.

One-third of executives (33%) doubted their employees' ability to accurately communicate the firm's financial performance to others. The Zeno Group conducted a study in 2014 called "Barriers to Employee Engagement."

To increase employee engagement, help them personalize the strategy and understand where they fit in

Line of sight is a term used to describe this "fit." Simply said, line of sight means that employees can perceive the link between their personal aspirations and the aims of the company.

The advantages are numerous: ensuring that employees' best efforts are contributing to the organization's goals, as well as letting them know that their job counts. Employees want to feel like they're part of something bigger, which helps them feel more engaged.

Creating a line of sight

Line of Sight Employee Engagement

The idea is for staff to be able to explain how they fit in. It's important to note that this isn't about thinking they know, but rather about being able to articulate their contributions.

"Talk" – and the mental process that goes with it – can sometimes be cheap, but this time "talk" – and the thought process that goes with it – can lead to increased focus and performance.

Employees must understand how they contribute to the organization's success in order to get there. To begin, they must have a basic awareness of the organization's priorities, which includes:

  • The mission and vision of the company
  • Its plan of action
  • The organization's overall objectives
  • Most importantly, their team's overall objectives.

Employees must be familiar with both their castle and its wall:

  • 1.What they are up to (this is the wall)
  • 2.What they do to help (this is their castle)

Make it a point of discussion at your next team meeting.

​ What do you believe your employees' responses to these questions would be? At your next staff meeting, do this exercise: remind your employees that you want to make sure that everyone understands how important their contributions are to the success of your company. Your team, after all, is great!

The following are your six steps to success:

Encourage your staff to consider their work and contributions in the context of your team's goals and the organization's overarching plan.

  • Explain why this is a necessary exercise.
  • Request that your staff writes down their answers.
  • Share your responses as a role model - lead with your brilliance and inspiration!
  • Allow each person to share their ideas one at a time. Expect a resounding round of applause!
  • After everyone has had time, give input on what works (celebrate!) and what may be improved about how a peer articulates how he or she fits in.

Many employees are likely to focus just on their jobs, rather than the wider picture of how they contribute. You can also discover that your team needs to learn more about the organization's goals and strategy. Alternatively, your team's priorities are unclear.

Whatever the lessons, you've started an important conversation that you can continue on a regular basis and that can lead to a lot of future celebrations. And what team couldn't use a little more joy?

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