I really like this, a lot. The basic concept is simple:

  • We can think of the people on any given team as vectors
  • People vectors have both direction and magnitude
  • When people all work in precisely the same direction, their magnitudes are added to each other
  • When people have any degree of deviation, the varying directions subtract (at least somewhat) from the maximum amount of productivity that could be achieved

Vectors, People, Alignment

This is one of the better ways to understand the power and importance of team and organizational alignment. What does this actually mean? Here’s the answer:

  1. Align people with the organization’s goals.
  2. Aligning individual teams (product, marketing, sales, service, etc.) with the organization’s goals.
  3. Aligning the organization’s goals with the needs of the customer.

When your team is aligned with the organization, their specific team(s), and then finally with the needs of the customer, you have a winning formula.

So much more to this great post – I’m going to borrow heavily from it.

And, sure, of course… people are more than just “vectors” but I think everyone gets that. This doesn’t necessarily diminish the person; in fact, I think it elevates them.


Also published on Medium.