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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:What is Alignment?
A:Alignment is the side-by-side working relationship that makes great results a reality for both Key Decision Makers and Direct Reports.

Q:What are "Alignment Factors"?
A:The Alignment Factors are twelve different Factors in the areas of Commitment, Communication, Culture and Collaboration. Improved Alignment within each Factor can greatly affect an organization’s results. When they are permanently embedded in the organization's culture, these 12 Alignment Factors combine to make up a single way of living and running an organization that we call The Alignment Factor.

THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR Leadership Development Training Program uses all twelve Alignment Factors to unleash a shared COMMITMENT to unlock potential, boost employee performance, and increase success.

Q:How much of my manager's time will be tied up each month in training?
A:There are twelve monthly training sessions; each session is two- to two-and-a-half hours. The Key Decision Maker must attend the first and last sessions, which are exclusively for the Key Decision Maker and his/her Direct Reports. The second through eleventh sessions involve only the Direct Reports.

If your organization has fewer than four Direct Reports going through the training, your Direct Reports will attend mixed sessions that include Direct Reports from other organizations that don’t compete with yours.

If your organization has more than four Direct Reports going through training, we recommend that these training sessions be restricted to your Direct Reports only.

Q:Why should I care if my management team is in Alignment with me and each other?
A:Organizations with Aligned management teams significantly outperform organizations that do not have a high degree of Alignment. These teams enjoy less stress, deliver higher productivity, and create greater value.

The methodology and tools that make up The Alignment Factor have helped to create deeper Alignment and better organizational results for more than sixteen thousand private organizations for over two decades.

Q:Who needs to be committed to Alignment?
A:First of all, the Key Decision Maker needs to be committed. The Key Decision Maker is typically the organization leader, but it may be someone with a different title, such as CEO or president, who isn't also the organization leader.

The Direct Report, the manager who reports directly to the Key Decision Maker, has to be committed to Alignment, too. It doesn't matter what title the Direct Report has.

What matters is achieving the kind of great Alignment to maximize performance. Both the Key Decision Maker and the Direct Report have to commit to ongoing improvement in Alignment.

Q:How can I tell if my management team is in Alignment?
A:The simplest way is to fill out a simple Alignment questionnaire that takes only minutes to complete. We call this an alignment check.

Click here to do your quick Alignment Check.

Q:What are the most obvious signs of a team that is out of Alignment?
A:One of the most common signs is that managers are working on projects that don't support the long-term vision of the organization. It's very interesting how often a manager invests and wastes significant time, effort and resources on a project that the Key Decision Maker either didn't know about, or that was never going to have a high impact on the organization's long-term vision of success.

Another classic sign that a team is out of Alignment is when managers are duplicating efforts. This happens all too often. They’re wasting organization resources; in some cases, they’re even undercutting or sabotaging each other's work. That’s a lack of Alignment!

Q:What do organization leaders say about THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR?
A:A common theme we hear is productivity and results increase dramatically. Valerie Riefenstahl of ROI Associates shared the following, which really gets to the heart of the matter of why a time investment from managers of two to three hours a month will create many more hours of new available time for them:

"We have created more available working hours in the week by adopting the twelve Alignment principles."

Valerie’s statement is a very common type of response from organization leaders who implement the principles of The Alignment Factor.

Keith Weaver of Smart State L.L.C. really captures what's at stake in the cost of under-performance from lack of Alignment:

"Having managed, owned, and now worked with over a hundred small organizations, I can state with certainty that those organizations that do not have Alignment between their Key Decision maker and their Direct Reports are destined to under-perform."

The feedback is consistent: Alignment makes all the difference. It allows people and teams to prioritize better, communicate better, and perform at much higher levels.

Q:How do Aligned teams differ from other teams?
A:With over 16,000 organizations around the world using Alignment principles, methods and tools, it's clear the organizations with the Aligned management teams significantly outperform organizations that are not Aligned.

Organizations with Aligned management teams create greater value and higher success.

What’s more, Key Decision Makers and Direct Reports on these teams experience less stress.

Q:How do we know this is right for our organization? We work in a unique industry/market.
A:The twelve Alignment Factors are not dependent on any specific product, service, or industry. The need for alignment is universal.

The hurdles you will learn how to overcome here—lack of clarity about the owner's vision, rivalry and infighting among the members of the management team, or a habit of focusing on low-priority or no-priority projects—are not industry-specific, or organization-specific, or product-specific, or service-specific. They are relevant to every growing organization.

At the end of the day, your organization really falls into one of two very clear categories—it is either moving closer to Alignment with the KDM's vision, or moving away from Alignment. If your organization is moving away from Alignment, it may not be around for long.

Q:I don’t know if my organization can afford THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR Leadership Development Training Program.
A:The fact that this issue even comes up is probably a sign that your organization is out of Alignment in a way that requires attention sooner rather than later.

Even more important, though, is understanding this investment. There really is no risk. We know from experience that the program brings about dramatically more effective use of time for Key Decision Makers and Direct Reports. It also brings about greater performance and increased results.

That's why we give a money-back guarantee as follows: The Key Decision Maker and the Direct Reports go through the first full training session without interruptions, and if at the end of the session the Key Decision Maker cannot see how Alignment will increase organizational productivity and success, then all he or she needs to do is ask for a full refund.

Q:How do I get a copy of the THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR book?
A:The book is available on Amazon. Click here to take a look.

Q:How can I learn more about THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR Leadership Development Training Program?
A:Increase your organization’s efficiency -- and unlock the hidden potential of your Direct Reports -- with THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR Leadership Development Training Program from Infinite Horizons Institute, Inc.

Drop us a line: Click here to request more information about THE ALIGNMENT FACTOR Leadership Development Training Program.