What stands between your strategy and expected outcomes are your people.
Nothing happens without them, good and bad.
Without clear alignment between your employees and your business, you pay a premium for all the waste that goes with not putting effort into addressing:
1. HIRING: you don't have the right person in the role due to poor job fit.
2. TEAMS: you don't have people who get along and get the job done.
3. LEADERS: you don't have effective managers and leaders of people.
4. CULTURE: you lack people who have a good organizational fit with how things get done.
A healthy company has strong vital signs on all four factors and is intentional about being holistic and preventative about these things.
We all bring these three things with us every day at work. When we fail to have alignment between them, our work and the organization, we're in for a rough ride.
Most of the time, we hire someone for their Briefcase and their Heart.
Guess what we tend to fire them for? Yup, their Head.
Why? It's hard to know how to effectively ask "what makes someone tick" and it's equally hard to answer such questions about ourselves.
The briefcase + heart are easier to see, yet also less revealing.
Without probing for alignment of all three, we go about our day like headless monsters, never really fitting in or working to our full potential.