The Science and Data content supplies a basic understanding of the technical/statistical construction of the Line-of-SightSM assessment. This section also contains case studies along with other articles of interest that pertain to the measurement of performance on those critical tasks that are essential for the achievement of strategic goals.


WHY STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT MATTERS
  • Sixty-five percent of organizations have an agreed upon strategy.
  • Just fourteen percent understand the organization’s strategy.
  • Less than ten percent of all organizations successfully execute their strategy.

Every company should be concerned about business strategy, but with such bleak historical gains one wonders if it’s even worth the effort.  Actually, it’s worth your best effort! There is an often-missing component that, if consistently applied, will dramatically enhance the progression of strategy creation, communication and execution. That critical element is alignment!

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VALIDITY REPORT

The results are organized into the categories of reliability or validity they represent. These include the following: 

  1. Reliability
  2. Construct Validity
  3. Criterion-Related Validity
  4. Confidence-Based Marking Scale

All analyses described in this report were conducted using the software program SmartPLS, with the exception of multicollinearity, which was assessed using SPSS.

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VALIDITY OVERVIEW

After collecting data from hundreds of employees across multiple industries and job levels with the Line-of-SightSM assessment (LOS), it became abundantly clear that there is a strong need for increased alignment in organizations. The Validity Overview concludes the Line-of-SightSM assessment provides an accurate and precise measure of the organization’s current alignment across five specific keys to strategy execution (KSE’s):

  1. Strategic Understanding
  2. Leadership
  3. Balanced Metrics
  4. Activities and Structure
  5. Human Capital
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BEST PRACTICES FOR EFFECTIVE INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

While measuring PR and communications from an external perspective is generally the priority of PR executives, it’s just as important for them to measure the success of internal communications. The reasoning for this isn't because you need a headcount for this summer's BBQ, but rather because your employees are your most dedicated brand champions.

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AVOID MAKING THIS STRATEGIC MISTAKE IN A RECESSION

Originally posted on Havard Business Review, the authors looked at data from the period right before the 2008 recession addressing how 5,278 publicly-traded firms fared based on their generic strategy of being either pure differentiators or pure cost leaders, according to Michael Porter’s theories. In their analysis, differentiators were significantly more likely to suffer reduced revenues than cost leaders in the Great Recession and were significantly more likely to go out of business. Is it wise then to change strategies by moving toward cost leadership during a recession? After all, moving from differentiation toward cost leadership makes a certain sense; everyone tightens their belts in a recession, particularly a severe one. But the authors didn’t find evidence to support this. Instead they found that changing strategy did not increase firm chances of surviving the recession, nor did it improve the firm’s revenues or its finances.

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HOW TO BUILD TRUST AND BOOST PRODUCTIVITY WITHIN REMOTE TEAMS

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The question of the year: Are remote teams productive?
  • Inquisitive managers can get to the root of team productivity
  • Ask the right questions to set your remote teams up for success

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