The P Principles Primer

Eight Questions for Aligning People and Organizations

Organizational Alignment is hard to define and harder to master. Here’s a formula for building sustainable success.

As leaders and change agents, most of us have faced some common challenges:

  • our vision of the future, clear in the past, has become cloudy
  • goals and objectives, once clear and concise, have morphed into a complex tangle of competing priorities
  • some team members have lost motivation and passion for the work
  • stakeholders’ perceptions of where we are don’t match their expectations
  • some team members have deep attachment to the status quo or fear of change
  • some teams and team members have seemingly conflicting goals and agendas
  • our customers (internal and external) seem difficult to satisfy and impossible to “wow”
  • our processes aren’t enabling desired levels of performance and quality
  • we seem to make many of the same mistakes over and over again, instead of learning from them
  • it’s becoming increasingly hard to attract and retain the right people
  • some of our metrics look good… but are they the right metrics?

In my experience, all of these can often be traced back to a lack of alignment. And a holistic approach to improving alignment can provide maximum leverage across many facets of the organization.

In my new eBook The P Principles Primer, I introduce a framework for assessing and improving alignment in any organization.


The P Principles include:

  • Purpose – What we’re here to accomplish
  • Passion – What our organization, and our people, care deeply about
  • Products – What we make or do for our customers, and why they should buy it
  • Priorities – The most important things we need to focus on right now
  • Plans – How we’re going to get from where we are, to where we need to be
  • Practices – How we communicate with and enable our teams to be effective
  • Processes – How we organize and optimize the work we do together to produce value for our customers
  • Performance – How we measure, incentivize and improve the performance of our teams and individuals

By evaluating and improving alignment in these eight dimensions, organizations can simultaneously improve their short-term results, their long-term viability, and the engagement and satisfaction of their stakeholders.

I’m working on a full-length book, to be released soon, that explores these Principles in detail, as well as additional strategies for attaining them. But I decided to release this “primer” now, so my readers can begin applying these concepts immediately… for immediate results!

In the eBook, I discuss common challenges to organizational alignment, and actionable strategies for improving and maintaining alignment.

Get your FREE copy now, using the simple request form on this page!