Sustaining Success through Alignment

Addressing the challenges of Growth and Change

Why do many businesses, organizations, and new initiatives start with a BANG! and end in a fizzle? There are many reasons, but one pattern I see frequently is an erosion of the high alignment they had at their beginning. If you’re thinking “Alignment of what,” continue reading…


Hey! Where did our alignment go?!?!?

Eight tips for maintaining the natural alignment of a startup

LostAlignmentToday I was speaking with a colleague about their experience working with several startups. They agreed that start-ups have “natural alignment”. They also agreed that many startups have major challenges maintaining alignment, as they grow. But why?


In Startups, Alignment is Natural

This was the observation of a colleague, when we were recently discussing alignment. “Yes, of course,” was the best response I had at the time. But later, as I reflected on it, I realized this was a significant insight. And that there’s quite a bit to be learned from it.
I’ve had the good fortune to be part of two quite successful startups, from early in their life cycle, through periods of explosive growth. I spent nearly 20 years with the first one, experiencing the changes that occur as a startup matures. In the second, I saw many of the same patterns unfold, but at an even faster rate, over five years.