Drive Powerful Alignment

Symptoms of Being Poorly Aligned:

You are embarking on a new project and are concerned that your resources may not be aligned to goals, schedule and budget.

Only 65% of organizations have an agreed-upon strategy. Even then, only 14% of employees understand the organization’s strategy. Most distressing of all, less than 10% of all organizations successfully execute the strategy.

(Source:  Forbes)


When things are aligned there is less friction and greater velocity becomes possible. Leaders enjoy huge success when the people, resources and processes are in alignment with project goals. People move fast and complete projects. They see around corners. They anticipate. They deliver.


Alignment isn’t by happenstance. Without intentional efforts, waste will find many hiding places within a large program – poor communication, unclear roles and responsibilities, unnecessarily cumbersome processes, organizational inertia, and stakeholders with conflicting priorities. We help you identify and eliminate these wasteful barriers to execution.


Our approach to alignment. Many large projects have a charter that covers WHAT will be done. We help you charter the teams and HOW members and functions will collaborate for seamless execution. We challenge you to name and commit to strategic imperatives, priorities, roles and responsibilities, and goals and measures. We help you develop and implement a project communications plan that will connect team members and provide the “right information, in the right form, at the right time, for the right reasons.”


Aurora Water (City of Aurora), Prairie Waters Project


$100+ Million under budget. The City of Aurora recognized that drought preparedness was quickly rising to be the top issue related to ensuring Aurora’s long-term future.  As such, visionaries in Aurora Water designed and ultimately built the Prairie Waters Project — the largest and most complex capital project in the city’s history.  Requiring nearly 20 consultants, contractors and other outside firms to make it happen, team dynamics were critical to the outcome of the project. Supported by Tipton’s team chartering and high-performance team processes, the project was chosen as the “Project of the Year” for 2011 by both PMI (Project Management Institute) and AWPA (American Public Works Association).


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